Cincinnati Zoo Twitter account gone amid Harambe comments

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Twitter account of an Ohio zoo targeted by online critics and trolls over the shooting of a gorilla has been taken down.

Seekers of the Cincinnati Zoo’s page on the social media site Tuesday got a “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!” response.

The 17-year-old great ape Harambe (huh-RAHM’-beh) has been mourned, memorialized and satirized nearly continuously since a special zoo response team killed him May 28 after a 3-year-old boy got into his enclosure.

Zoo director Thane Maynard recently told The Associated Press by email that the zoo family is “still healing,” and not amused by the memes, online petitions and signs about Harambe.

The zoo’s Twitter posts about zoo activities and animal facts kept drawing Harambe-related comments.

A request for comment was sent Tuesday to a zoo spokeswoman.