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November 23, 2016

Runaway bull shot and killed in Philly becomes 'Harambull'

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Carroll - Bull on the Loose in Philadelphia Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Officer Jerry Czech, center, of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, shoots the bull three times with a 12-gauge slug on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, near Eighth and Vine streets in Center City.

It was bound to happen.

When a bull escaped a Philadelphia slaughterhouse and roamed the streets of the city before being fatally shot by a Pennsylvania Game Commission officer, you knew what was coming next.

The internet was waiting for its next Harambe, a gorilla shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in May after a young child fell into its enclosure. Members of the Philly Twitter universe had already gotten their kicks out of the endless memes that facetiously honored his memory, so when a parallel incident played out in their backyard, what followed was an inevitability.

The bull who roamed I-95 and passed by a local gentleman's club before meeting his fate near Eighth and Vine streets will now forever be known as "Harambull":

Rest in peace, Harambull. We hardly knew ye.