Sad News, Harambe's Grandmother Has Died... Thanks 2017
19 January 2017, 11:40 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09
"Someone wants the whole blood line dead, I think."
Ever since Harambe tragically left this earth back in May 2016, our hearts have been heavy. We've dedicated time and effort into keeping Harambe's memory alive, whether it be using memes as a coping mechanism or composing a few banging tribute songs on Garage Band in our bedrooms.
Just when we thought it was over, 2017 has served us our first slap in the face. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Harambe's beloved grandmother, Josephine. Yes, another member of the family has departed the animal kingdom. What a rough year it's been for them.
To add insult to injury, it transpires that Grandma Josephine was ~killed~ by staffers at the zoo. Now, before you get all angry and start forming your conspiracy theories, she wasn't murdered in cold bold... it sounds like it was genuinely for the best. Josephine was a forty-nine year old silverback gorilla who had been diagnosed with terminal health issues and she was "humanely euthanised" by Miami Zoo on Wednesday (Jan 18).
Josephine was born in the wild and brought to Miami Zoo in 1983. She gave birth to a boy in captivity called Moja, who in turn produced the legendary Harambe.
Tributes have been pouring in for Harambe's nan with all five stages of grief apparent across Twitter.
Oh God, #Harambe's grandmother has died. It's starting all over again.....— Stuart Pilcher (@stuartpilcher) January 19, 2017
harambe's grandmother was put down today. someone wants the whole blood line dead i think— thomas kirk (@tkirk66) January 19, 2017
#Harambe grandmother was the best of gorillas, aside from the great one himself. You were taken from us too soon, gran-gran Harambe.— Colin Switalski (@WraithWriting) January 19, 2017
First Harambe, now his grandmother Josephine... can't understand how this world we live in can be so cruel.— James Hernandez (@jhern81) January 19, 2017
Harambe's grandmother Josephine died sad fuckin day I tell ya been a rough couple months for that family.— Aaron Byrd (@arronlancebyrd) January 19, 2017