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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
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
Sign her up for Obamacare, she can prove where she was born
Dec 21, 2012 8:33PM
Dec 21, 2012 8:27PM
She looks better then alot of 56 yr olds !!
Dec 21, 2012 8:22PM
You drive me ape. You big Gorilla.
Dec 21, 2012 8:01PM
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

We share the same Birthday, No wonder she is so beautiful ;-)  Cheers Colo

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