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World’s oldest gorilla turns 56

Despite doomsday, Colo marks major milestone.

By Vetstreet Dec 21, 2012 3:29PM

Assuming the world doesn’t end today (as predicted by a Mayan prophecy), Ohio’s Columbus Zoo plans to party: It’s celebrating Colo the gorilla’s 56th birthday this weekend.

The first gorilla to be born at a zoo, Colo is the oldest known gorilla in the world. That record was last held by Jenny at the Dallas Zoo, who died at age 55 in 2008.

Photo: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium // Colo the gorilla turns 56 on Dec. 22.While zoo visitors serenade her with happy birthday wishes this weekend, Colo will indulge in a specially made cake and her favorite food — tomatoes.

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This accomplished Western gorilla is the mother of three, grandmother of 16, great grandmother of seven and great-great grandmother of two.

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Photo: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium // Colo the gorilla turns 56 on Dec. 22.

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Dec 21, 2012 9:05PM
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Happy birthday Colo and I hope that you have many, many more. What a beautiful animal you are and you look fantastic for your age.
Dec 21, 2012 8:48PM
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Sign her up for Obamacare, she can prove where she was born
Dec 21, 2012 8:33PM
Dec 21, 2012 8:27PM
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She looks better then alot of 56 yr olds !!
Dec 21, 2012 8:22PM
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You drive me ape. You big Gorilla.
Dec 21, 2012 8:01PM
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We are proud of our gorillas in Columbus, OH.  They are wonderful ambassadors for our zoo and our city.  If you haven't visited the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (we have a great manatee rescue operation too) come and visit now during Wildlights at the Zoo and see a spectacular holiday display and perhaps catch a show with our famous Jack Hanna too.  Happy Birthday Colo.  We love you.
Dec 21, 2012 7:54PM
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We share the same Birthday, No wonder she is so beautiful ;-)  Cheers Colo

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