Friday 28 April 2017

Candlelight vigil for Harambe expected to draw thousands

Harambe the gorilla, who was shot dead by zoo keepers
Harambe the gorilla, who was shot dead by zoo keepers
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Thousands of people are expected to attend a candlelight vigil in honour of Harambe, the gorilla who was shot dead after a child fell into his enclosure.

The event will take place in London on Friday October 28 to commemorate the animal.

The 17-year-old male western lowland gorilla was shot after a three-year-old boy fell into his enclosure after climbing over a barrier that has since been heightened. Fearing for the boy's safety, zoo officials shot the gorilla.

Since the shooting of the gorilla in May 2016, Harambe has been the subject of numerous online campaigns, jokes and hashtags.

A boy brings flowers to put beside a statue of a gorilla outside the shuttered Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Monday, May 30, 2016, in Cincinnati
A boy brings flowers to put beside a statue of a gorilla outside the shuttered Gorilla World exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Monday, May 30, 2016, in Cincinnati

According to the New York Post one group of teenagers even managed to convince Google it had made a mistake with the name of a street in Ohio, persuading the search engine giant to change it to Harambe Drive.

Describing the motive behind tomorrow’s event, host Paul Balaji wrote on Facebook: “On this day 5 months ago Harambe was cruelly taken from us.

“He was the best of us all, and taught us to reach out and help others, no matter the costs.

“The gorilla-shaped hole His passing left in our hearts may never be healed.

“But we can still honour His memory by coming together to raise a candle in sadness, yet also in celebration.

“We will never forget. May our d**ks always be out.”

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