'Harambe! It means caring, pulling together' - archive footage reveals how stunning zoo gorilla got its name




Archive footage has emerged of an interview with the man who gave the name to the gorilla killed at the weekend for dragging a three-year-old boy around a US zoo.

Harambe, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla, dragged a three-year-old boy around its enclosure, after the youngster fell in.

A CBS 4 News viewer named Dan was the man who gave the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla, killed at the weekend, its name in the late 1990s.

A special zoo response team was forced to kill Harambe after it grabbed and dragged the boy for about 10 minutes.

In the late 1990s, CBS 4 News ran a competition with its viewers, asking them to submit names for the then-baby gorilla.

A viewer named Dan Van Coppenolle won the television network's competition, telling presenters that a reggae song he worked out to inspired the name Harambe.

In the interview, Dan explained that the singer kept repeating the word Harambe.

After looking into it, he discovered the word Harambe meant pulling together, helping each other, sharing and caring.

Harambe's death sparks online outrage

Many Facebook users have written that Harambe should not have been killed and should have been tranquilised.

A Cincinnati police spokesman told the Associated Press there were no plans to charge the parents of the boy who fell into the enclosure.

There has been criticism online over what happened with many people saying the boy's mother should have taken more care of him.

Jerry Stones, who looked after the male western lowland gorilla after his birth, said he burst into tears after hearing of Harambe's death.

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