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Cincinnati Zoo rejoins Twitter following Harambe controversy

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In This May 30, 2016 file photo, zoo visitors look at protestors and mourners from a walk bridge during a vigil for the gorilla Harambe outside the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, in Cincinnati. In This May 30, 2016 file photo, zoo visitors look at protestors and mourners from a walk bridge during a vigil for the gorilla Harambe outside the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, in Cincinnati.
In this May 30, 2016 file photo, Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, speaks during a news conference, in Cincinnati. In this May 30, 2016 file photo, Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, speaks during a news conference, in Cincinnati.

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 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

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