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Petition calls to change Bengals' name to 'Cincinnati Harambes'

FILE - Harambe, the male gorilla that was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in May 2016 after a boy fell into its enclosure. (Cincinnati Zoo / Twitter / MGN)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - An online petition wants the Cincinnati Bengals to change their name to the "Cincinnati Harambes."

More than 2,000 people have signed the petition on Change.org to name the team after the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla that was killed after a boy fell into its enclosure in May.

Julian Ortiz, the man who started the petition, says "the Cleveland Browns named their team after a former coach who made a great impact on their city, so why can't the Bengals do it as well in honor of a hero who made an impact on their city, too?"

He plans to deliver the petition to the City of Cincinnati and the Bengals' organization.

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