A zoo in America is letting the public name a newborn gorilla... Bad idea

Louis Dor
Thursday 01 September 2016 10:30

Last Friday at Philadelphia Zoo, Honi, a western lowland gorilla, gave birth to a newborn baby.

The baby is 21-year-old mother Honi's second, and the gender has yet to be determined, due to the mother holding her close.

Picture: AP Photo/Matt Rourke

In an Instagram post, the zoo asked the public to suggest names:


In the coming weeks, as the baby's gender is determined, we will be working with our thoughtful and committed keeper staff to develop suggested names that we would like help from our community in finalizing. So please stay tuned - once we have names for consideration, we will let you know so that you can weigh in and vote for your favorite!

As was to be expected when sourcing baby gorilla names from the internet, the community have replied emphatically as one...

As did Twitter:

We're sorry to spoil the fun, but it seems like this won't be an option.

As the Philadelphia Zoo's Director of Communications Dana Lombardo told The Verge, the team caring for the gorilla will come up with a list of suitable options from which the public can choose:

This is a significant birth, so we want the public to be involved, but we're not off our rockers.

Cincinnatti Zoo deleted their Twitter and Facebook accounts earlier this month due to ongoing spam and memes about the shooting of Harambe.

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