HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO U.S. GORILLA COLO
columbus, ohio» She is a mother of three, grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 12 and greatgreat-grandmother of three. She recently had surgery to remove a malignant tumor, but doctors say she’s doing well.
She’s Colo, the nation’s oldest living gorilla, and she turned 60 on Thursday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Colo was the first gorilla in the world born in a zoo and has surpassed the usual life expectancy of captive gorillas by two decades.
“Colo just epitomizes the advances that zoos have made, going all the way back to her birth at Columbus,” said Dr. Tom Meehan, vice president for veterinary services at Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo.
Hundreds of people gathered at the zoo Thursday to see Colo, singing “Happy Birthday” moments before the gorilla ambled into an enclosure decorated with multicolored construction paper chains and filled with cakes made of squash and beet and cornbread with mashed potato parsley frosting.
Colo rests in her enclosure at the Columbus Zoo, in Columbus, Ohio. Colo turned 60 on Thursday.