Cincinnati Zoo rejoins Twitter following Harambe controversy

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Posted: Oct 21, 2016 10:08 AM
Cincinnati Zoo rejoins Twitter following Harambe controversy

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo has rejoined Twitter after a two-month hiatus that was sparked by outrage over the shooting death of Harambe, the zoo's 17-year-old gorilla.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/2elf22v ) the zoo deactivated its account on the popular social media platform on Aug. 21 and resumed tweeting @CincinnatiZoo on Tuesday.

Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley says the Twitter account went back up last week. It was abandoned following account hacks that targeted the zoo and director Thane Maynard in the wake of Harambe's death.

The Western lowland gorilla was killed by employees in May after a boy fell into his enclosure.

Curley says impostors not affiliated with the zoo tried to pass themselves off as the official account during the hiatus.

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This story has been corrected to show that the zoo director's last name is Maynard, not Maynor.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com