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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 5:14PM
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♫Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear coollooooooooo,, Happy Birthday to you♫
(Sang wayyy off key :P )
Dec 21, 2012 5:13PM
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She looks like my first Mother-in-law only I think she's using to much eye shadow!
Dec 21, 2012 5:13PM
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I saw here a few years back at the Columbus zoo... very special...
Dec 21, 2012 4:55PM
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happy birthday!!! hopefully you're having happy years!!!
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