On this day one year ago, a three-year-old boy fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and was subsequently dragged around by a 17-year-old gorilla. Fearing for the life of the child, Harambe was shot and killed by a zoo worker. The incident was caught on camera and attracted international attention:
The controversial killing of Harambe caused a great deal of uproar on social media. Even eventual President Donald Trump weighed in on the incident the following week.
The gorilla famously became the subject of songs and one of 2016’s biggest memes (“D***’s out for Harambe).
Rest in peace, Harambe.