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Oldest of zoo gorillas turns 57 at Ohio facility

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The first gorilla born in a zoo is turning 57 with a celebration broadcast live to online viewers from her central Ohio home.

Gorilla-Birthday Sidd

In this Dec. 2012 photo provided by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Colo, a lowland gorilla, sits in her enclosure at the zoo in Powell, Ohio. Colo, the first gorilla born in a zoo, is turning 57 Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, with a celebration broadcast live to online viewers from her central Ohio home. (AP Photo/Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Grahm S. Jones)

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says the female western lowland gorilla, named Colo, will celebrate her birthday Sunday with a yogurt-frosted cake made of peanut butter, applesauce, honey and shredded carrots. The zoo says its website will stream video of Colo receiving the cake and other gifts filled with treats such as berries and tomatoes.

Colo was born at the zoo in 1956. Officials there say she is the oldest gorilla in any zoo.

Colo is a mother of three. Her family tree includes more than two dozen descendants living at zoos across the country.

 

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