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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 4:47PM
Dec 21, 2012 4:46PM
So sad that this gentle being has been locked up in a cage for her entire life. She will never know freedom and to me that is immensely sad atrocity!
Dec 21, 2012 4:45PM
I hope I look as good with all my hair at 56!
I think it's wonderful that she turns 56 yrs. old but the article never mentioned the gorilla's name...only the previous gorilla Jenny who held the title & died was mentioned by name..
Dec 21, 2012 4:36PM
Dec 21, 2012 4:34PM
She is one wonderful lady!! Welcome  to the 56/56 club. I joined in March!!
Dec 21, 2012 4:22PM
Now that's a hot chick at any age !
Dec 21, 2012 4:13PM
She is 100% stunning.  May she live many more years.
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