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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.

John Minchillo, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Colo rests in her en­clo­sure at the Colum­bus Zoo, in Colum­bus, Ohio. Colo turned 60 on Thurs­day.

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