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This Harambe-shaped Cheeto will cost you nearly $100k

Posted at 12:55 AM, Feb 07, 2017

There are likely a great many people in Cincinnati -- the zoo’s social media team among them -- who would pay big bucks to never hear about Harambe again, but for others, no price is too high to own a piece of memorabilia associated with the ill-fated gorilla. 

(Either that or the internet still isn’t tired of Harambe jokes. It's probably this one, come to think of it.)

"I opened up a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and as soon as I looked inside I came across this unique Cheetos that looks like Harambe the gorilla," eBay user valuestampsinc posted Jan. 28 alongside a photo comparing the snack to the primate. "This item is one of a kind!"

The single Cheeto, which the seller said "would make a great collectible," languished unnoticed for nearly a week. Then a starting bid appeared: $12.

Incremental increases followed, then snowballed. By Monday night, anyone hoping to own the prized chunk of gorilla-shaped cornmeal would have to lay down a bid of more than $99,900. 

Many of the highest bids for the Cheeto have been canceled, indicating that the buyers volunteering tens of thousands for the cheese-dusted effigy probably aren't serious about paying for it. Still, their efforts have temporarily revived Harambe -- at least in the public consciousness.

And that, as far as scores of Harambe fans without the mental resources to come up with a new joke are concerned, is what’s really delicious.