Harambe was a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla who was put down by an employee of the Cincinnati Zoo last May. He was killed as a result of an effort to save a boy that had fallen into the gorilla’s enclosure. The death sparked unexpected outcry from sympathizers across the nation and worldwide. Since his death, Harambe has become the center of heated debates on college campuses and remains a lasting cultural phenomenon.Getty Images/John Sommers II
It didn’t take very long for America’s favorite deceased gorilla to make it back into the public conversation. Harambe sympathizers can now rejoice. Harambe is back … as a Flamin Hot Cheetos.Screenshot/Ebay.com
An eBay user who goes by the screen name “valuestampsinc” claimed Monday that they found a gorilla shaped hot Cheeto in his bag. Instead of eating it, he put Harambe-shaped snack up for sale on eBay. He tells the background story to his prospective buyers on eBay:
“I opened up a bag of Flamin Hot Cheetos and as soon as I looked inside I came across this unique Cheetos that looks like Harambe the gorilla.”
Monday night, the winning bid was just shy of $100,000. And 132 bids later, a crafty eBay user from Burbank, California, is now $99,900 richer. The Harambe-shaped Cheeto sold early Tuesday morning.Screenshot/Ebay
Shipping is free of charge, of course.
The popularity of this eBay user’s success sparked a plethora of copycats. Ebay users can be found currently selling everything from “Off Brand” Harambe Hot Cheetos to an actual screenshot of the original Harambe Cheeto eBay sale.
At the time of this writing, the lucky buyer of the Harambe shaped Hot Cheeto has not been made public. Nor has the true identity of the California-based entrepreneur.