In China there is a baby gorilla called Harambe McHarambeface


In China there is a baby gorilla called Harambe McHarambeface

Can you think of a better name for a Chinese gorilla than Harambe McHarambeface?

We certainly can, but it probably wouldn't be as popular.

A naming contest was held for a Chinese baby gorilla at Jinhua Zoo, looking for a popular name for the new arrival.

The competition was going well, with a lovely Chinese name Heijin topping the poll until a link to the naming contest was shared on social media in the US.

Suddenly thousands of voters began submitting suggestions and Harambe McHarambeface began to take off.

73,345 votes later Harambe McHarambeface was the most popular name in the competition.

The name is a combination of a salute to 'Boaty McBoatface' a name which was suggested for a €400m British polar research ship but was refused by the British Government who named the vessel RSS Sir David Attenborough.

Harambe McHarambeface also pays tribute to a 17-year-old Western lowland gorilla who was killed in May 2016 at Cincinnati Zoo when a three-year-old climbed into the gorilla's enclosure and the animal was shot to ensure the safety of the child.

The little Chinese gorilla baby will now have two names, a Chinese name Heijin and an English name Harambe McHarambeface which zoo officials hope will bring more visitors to their zoo.

Well, we want to visit anyway!

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