World’s oldest gorilla turns 60

Colo, the nation's oldest living gorilla, opens a gift in her enclosure during her 60th birthday party at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

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. Her longevity is putting a spotlight on the medical care, nutrition and up-to-date therapeutic techniques that are helping lengthen zoo animals' lives. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)

The world’s oldest gorilla has turned 60. Colo was the first gorilla to be born in captivity anywhere in the world, when she arrived at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio in 1956.

She has outlived the average life expectancy for female gorillas in human care by over two decades.

Friends and fans flocked to visit Colo and sing “Happy Birthday”, and Colo’s keepers marked the occasion by decorating her cage, and gave her vegetable cake and presents. 

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