On May 28 this year, the world lost a legend – Harambe.
Since his killing he has been subject to countless memes, songs, and references but now things look set to immortalise the Western Lowland Gorilla forever, reports The Verge.
A petition, started only two days ago, pleading Nintendo and The Pokemon Company to turn Harambe into a Pokemon character has already achieved over 38,000 signatures.
A minuscule letter forming the heart of the petition by a man named Eric CreamyMemes (definitely his legal name) states:
I want Harambe to live on forever in everyone’s hearts. Please let this happen Nintendo.
The petition also features a mock-up design of Harambe to give signers a slight idea of how the slayed gorilla would look.
The pictures suggest that CreamyMemes’ ideas are for the character of Harambe to start off as ‘Hambo’ before evolving into a stronger and more terrifying ‘Harambe’ with the special ability of being a ‘meat shield’.
As you can probably imagine the viral petition has attracted a lot of support online:
Nintendo: Make Harambe a Pokémon – Sign the Petition!
My kind of petition 😎😎😎
— Louis R Michael (@Louisxmichael) August 11, 2016
Seriously lol, Harambe as a Pokemon actually looks sick 😂 pic.twitter.com/yBLncjGbWI
— Dawko Lights Out 2 (@dawkosgames) August 10, 2016
Can I sign the petition to make Harambe a Pokémon more than once?
— Duncan Miller (@PipBoy3005) August 13, 2016
This has got to happen, surely.
If only this many people got behind some more important petitions every once in a while…
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.