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Oldest of zoo gorillas celebrates 58th birthday with special cake, live video from Ohio home

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The first gorilla born in a zoo is turning 58 with a celebration broadcast live to online viewers from her Ohio home.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says the female western lowland gorilla, named Colo, is celebrating her birthday Monday with an Ohio-shaped cake made of peanut butter, applesauce, honey, shredded carrots with Greek yogurt frosting.

The zoo said its website would have video of Colo receiving the cake, opening presents of tomatoes and clementines and being serenaded by zoo staff and visitors.

PHOTO: FILE - In this December 2012, file photo, provided by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Colo, a lowland gorilla, sits in her enclosure at the zoo in Powell, Ohio. Colo, the first gorilla born in a zoo, is turning 58, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, with a celebration broadcast live to online viewers from her central Ohio home. (AP Photo/Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Grahm S. Jones, File)
FILE - In this December 2012, file photo, provided by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Colo, a lowland gorilla, sits in her enclosure at the zoo in Powell, Ohio. Colo, the first gorilla born in a zoo, is turning 58, Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, with a celebration broadcast live to online viewers from her central Ohio home. (AP Photo/Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Grahm S. Jones, File)

Colo was born at the zoo in 1956. Officials there say she is the oldest gorilla in any zoo.

Colo is a mother of three. Her family tree includes more than two dozen descendants living at zoos across the country.


Online:

Colo's birthday video: https://columbuszoo.org/colo/

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