The famous Gorilla, Harambe, is the latest meme to be transformed into an NFT. Prior to being a meme, Harambe was the center of debates when a zoo official killed him after a three-year old boy fell into his enclosure. The silverback’s photograph is a 1/1 NFT offering. A portion of the proceeds will go towards helping apes in captivity.
Harambe’s NFT Story
The controversial incident 5 years ago was captured on video and uploaded to Youtube. It immediately became viral. It sparked a global debate with one side accusing the zoo of animal cruelty. There were also talks that the parents were responsible for their inability to keep an eye on the child. However, zoo officials claimed that the boy’s life was at risk so it was the right thing to do.
After the incident, Harambe’s story inspired an onslaught of memes. Not surprisingly, the memes became as viral as the video. Even Elon Musk wrote a song to pay tribute to the famous gorilla.
Jeff McCurry, official photographer to the Cincinnati Apes, took the photograph on the day Harambe arrived at the zoo. Following his death, Harambe’s photo was shared online more than five billion times. Harambe’s photograph, now an NFT will leverage on his pop-culture fame.
Memes and NFTs crossover
This isn’t the first meme and NFT crossover. Just recently, the “Charlie Bit Me” NFT was auctioned off for $700, 000. “Disaster Girl” also fetched an equally impressive price tag for $500,000. Other viral memes also attracted thousands of dollars – Overly Attached Girlfriend, Bad Luck Brian and Nyan Cat. The death of Harambe is both sensational and emotional so let’s see if the NFT Sale would be a worthy tribute.
Harambe’s photograph is being auctioned on Foundation.app