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Willoughby teens honor Harambe the gorilla with Google Maps prank

Three Willoughby teens honored Harambe the gorilla, who died in May after a toddler fell into his enclosure. (Source: AP Images) Three Willoughby teens honored Harambe the gorilla, who died in May after a toddler fell into his enclosure. (Source: AP Images)
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Three Ohio teens tricked Google Maps into honoring the Cincinnati Zoo’s Harambe this weekend, convincing the service that their Willoughby high school was actually located on Harambe Drive.

Harambe the gorilla was killed in May after a three-year-old fell into his enclosure. Max Brinton and his friends Chris Gallagher and Matej Nujic decided to honor him by sending in complaints to Google saying that Shankland Road, the street that their school, South High School, is located on, was actually called Harambe Drive.

“[The idea] kind of came to me one day,” Brinton told BuzzFeed News. “I had no faith that they would actually change it. I was 99 percent sure nothing would happen.”

Brinton noticed that his prank had worked on Friday, sending out a Tweet with a picture of the change, which has since gone viral.

“I didn’t believe it at first,” Brinton said to BuzzFeed. “We had to check it across multiple phones, but it definitely happened.”

As of Tuesday, Google seems to have noticed the problem, changing the school’s address back to displaying correctly as Shankland Road. However, if you search for South High School in Willoughby on Harambe Drive, you’ll still be directed to the right place.

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