Zoo Miami has announced the death of its matriarch gorilla, Josephine, the grandmother of the internet’s most famous gorilla, Harambe.
“It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the loss of our matriarch gorilla, Josephine,” the zoo announced in a statement on social media.
The matriarch gorilla was euthanized after ‘suffering from several health issues that slowly incapacitated her,’ the statement explained.
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the loss of our matriarch gorilla, “Josephine.”
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According to the zoo, Josephine was nearly 50 years old, an old age for a gorilla, and had been suffering from long-term health problems.
In 2009, she had cataract surgery and had two artificial human lenses implanted to restore her sight. “A variety of exams and tests performed over the last several days showed several abnormalities that indicated systemic terminal conditions that had no chance for positive outcomes or hope for recovery,” the zoo detailed.
This morning, when Josephine could hardly move, even to reach for her favorite treat, the staff knew the right thing to do. They made the very difficult decision to humanely euthanize her. That procedure was successfully performed this afternoon.
Naturally, the Internet responded with as much Harambe-related sarcasm and fake sympathy as humanly possible.
harambe's grandmother was put down today. someone wants the whole blood line dead i think
— tj (@tkirk66) January 19, 2017
Harambe, Bebac, Coco, and now Harambe's Grandmother, Josephine- all gone.
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) January 19, 2017
Oh God, #Harambe's grandmother has died. It's starting all over again…..
— Stuart Pilcher (@stuartpilcher) January 19, 2017
First Harambe, now his grandmother Josephine… can't understand how this world we live in can be so cruel. ??
— James Hernandez (@jhern81) January 19, 2017
first Harambe. now his grandmother. when does the madness end… #JunkOutForJosephine
— Wildcard (@JustBenjiThings) January 19, 2017
Omg Harambe's gone, Now his grandmother, ??, Life is so cruel, #Harambe
— Fish ໒(˵͡° ͜ʖ °͡˵)७ (@Fishimations) January 19, 2017
Josephine was born in the wild in March 1967 and arrived at Zoo Miami in March 1983.
She gave birth to her first offspring, a male named Moja, in 1984, The Miami Herald reported.
Moja was eventually moved to Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas, where he fathered several gorillas, including Internet sensation Harambe.