On May 28, 2016, the boy fell into a moat after attempting to enter the gorilla enclosure. Harambe started dragging the small child around and becameincreasingly agitated over the duration of 10 minutes, before being killed with a single rifle shot as an emergency measure. Luckily, the boy escaped without serious injury.
All the while, Harambe became the subject of countless viral internet memes. Many of them exaggerated tributes and memorials dedicated to the gorilla. Some of them genuine expressions of grief. Amongst other deliberately nonsense content,“Dicks out for Harambe” emerged as a sort ofslogan tribute.