TIME animals

Cincinnati Zoo Returns to Twitter—But Is Greeted by More Harambe Harassment

Visitors walk past the main entrance to the Cincinnati Zoo's Gorilla World exhibit days after a boy fell into the moat and officials were forced to kill Harambe, June 2, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
John Sommers II—Getty Images Visitors walk past the main entrance to the Cincinnati Zoo's Gorilla World exhibit days after a boy fell into the moat and officials were forced to kill Harambe, June 2, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

"Harambe wishes he could reactivate his life"

The Cincinnati Zoo has returned to Twitter after deactivating its account two months ago due to a flood of harassment over the death of Harambe the gorilla.

The zoo reactivated its account last week and began tweeting again this Tuesday, though it has been met with the same barrage of mentions and memes about Harambe.

“Welcome back to Twitter, @CincinnatiZoo. Must be nice to reactivate your life. #Harambe wishes he could reactivate his life,” one Twitter user wrote.

Cincinnati Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley told the Cincinnati Enquirer that the zoo chose to temporarily leave Twitter in late August because “it was becoming a distraction and not the useful tool it had once been.”

“We missed having it as a communications tool,” Curley said Wednesday. “We have a lot to talk about and share with our followers.”

Harambe, a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla, was killed in May to save a 3-year-old boy who had crawled through a barrier and had fallen into the animal’s exhibit. Controversy and intense backlash followed the death.

Tap to read full story

Your browser is out of date. Please update your browser at http://update.microsoft.com


YOU BROKE TIME.COM!

Dear TIME Reader,

As a regular visitor to TIME.com, we are sure you enjoy all the great journalism created by our editors and reporters. Great journalism has great value, and it costs money to make it. One of the main ways we cover our costs is through advertising.

The use of software that blocks ads limits our ability to provide you with the journalism you enjoy. Consider turning your Ad Blocker off so that we can continue to provide the world class journalism you have become accustomed to.

The TIME Team