This past May following an unfortunate incident involving a young boy falling into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo a 17-year-old gorilla, named Harambe, was shot and killed.
The Cincinnati Zoo has said it's not amused by the memes, online petitions and signs about Harambe, a 17-year-old great ape killed in May by a special zoo response team after a 3-year-old boy got into his enclosure.
At first the zoo appeared to be at least trying to ignore these jokes, hoping they would die down over time.
The incredibly repetitive bullying has been stressful for the zoo's staff, something the zoo's director, Thane Maynard, reiterated yesterday when he said the staff was having trouble "healing" and moving on in the wake of the gorilla's death thanks mostly to a bunch of Twitter-based knuckleheads.
"Our zoo family is still healing, and the constant mention of Harambe makes moving forward more hard for us." he said. "We are honoring Harambe by redoubling our gorilla conservation efforts and encouraging others to join us".
Harambe's death was widely mourned and the gorilla was the subject of a plethora of Internet memes, signs, petitions and hashtags like #justiceforharambe.
The Associated Press contributed reporting.
Deleting their accounts may seem extreme but under the circumstances, Forbes believes that it is their best course of action.
Maynard's account was hacked this month and taken over by messages dedicated to Harambe. This hijacking was suspected to be the final straw that compelled the zoo director to issue and official statement regarding the Harambe memes.