If you, like many, are tired of Harambe, you can rest easy knowing that Harambe: The Next Generation, aka Harambe McHarambeface is in fact, not real.

fake harambe story sweeps internet

The news of Harambe's reincarnation broke, or rather, was manufactured by a faux news site called The Boston Leader, that claimed China's Jinhua Zoo had held a naming contest for its baby gorilla, and the winning name decided by public online poll was Harambe McHarambeface. 


via Boston Leader

The Internet wanted to believe. The marriage of Harambe and Boaty McBoatface memes, packaged in what appeared to be a real news story, caused the fake article to rocket to the top of Reddit's r/UpliftingNews with just under 5,000 upvotes.


This led publications DailyMail, The Metro, and The Mirror to run stories on Harambe McHarambeface, without realizing that the source, The Boston Leader, was a fake site created on September 9, 2016. A fact which becomes more evident when you realize clicking 95% of the links on The Boston Leader site lead to this:


But by this point, it was too late. We had made our decision. We chose to believe Harambe McHarambeface, a non-existant baby monkey created to perpetuate the mock-honor of a real deceased monkey, was real and we were excited about it. Top of Reddit. Published by multiple publications. Trending on Twitter with over 35k tweets. 

Harambe McHarambeface is not real, but our relentless devotion to this meme apparently is. So long as there are keyboards to type on, it seems we will be using them to bring back Harambe.