Jinhua Zoo was reported as saying it would use Harambe McHarambeface as the male gorilla's English name, but his Chinese name would be Heijin as Harambe McHarambeface is impossible to translate.
The link was shared on social media in the US and as a result more than 73,000 people voted in favour of Harambe McHarambeface, according to the story which first emerged in the Boston Leader and spread rapidly.
17-year-old Western lowland gorilla Harambe has become a popular internet meme after Cincinnati Zoo 's decision to kill the famous gorilla after a child fell into his enclosure.
Sometimes the Internet brings two perfect things together for a beautiful, chocolate-and-peanut butter-esque combination. This is one of those times. Harambe memes have dominated social media for the entire summer of 2016, becoming a viral sensation once people realized how ridiculous it was to genuinely be outraged about killing a gorilla to save a small child's life.
Boaty McBoatface, on the other hand, is a classic internet story that makes me laugh every time I hear about it. In case you don't know, the British government held an online contest so the people could name a $300 million research vessel, and the name "Boaty McBoatface" quickly emerged as the frontrunner. The contest was shut down and the boat was renamed the R.R.S. Sir David Attenborough, but the legend of Boaty lives on in our hearts.
So what better way to honor the memory of both Harambe and Boaty than by naming this new gorilla after the two of them? It's a beautiful tribute and the people of China probably don't know that it's a joke. It's a win-win all around! The only problem is that this gorilla has some seriously big shoes to fill if he's taking on the name "Harambe." It's like being a football player whose last name is Manning. There are a lot of expectations in that name. If any children fall into his enclosure, he better protect the hell out of him. It's in the Harambe name. "With a great name comes great responsibility" - Gandhi, I think.
(Note: this story was only reported by a website called "The Boston Leader" that started operations a week ago, but I'm going to go ahead and believe it anyway.)