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World's First Zoo Born Gorilla, Colo, Celebrating 53rd Birthday at Columbus ZooTue, 12/15/2009 - 10:39 AM
By Jennifer M. Wilson
Columbus, OH - Colo, the world’s first western lowland gorilla born in a Zoo, not to mention oldest gorilla living in a Zoo, will celebrate her 53rd birthday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Tuesday, December 22.
The public is invited to attend the festivities which begin at 1 p.m. at the indoor gorilla habitat located in the Zoo’s African Forest region. Keepers will be giving Colo a birthday cake in addition to special treats for her and her gorilla family.
Colo has resided at the Columbus Zoo since her landmark birth on December 22, 1956. Weighing a mere three pounds and five ounces at birth, she became an instant celebrity. Her name came from a national “Name the Baby Gorilla” contest. The winning name, which is short for Columbus, Ohio, was chosen from over 7,500 entries. “Having been at the Columbus Zoo her whole life Colo has also earned a few nicknames,” said Dale Schmidt, Director of the Columbus Zoo. “The keeper staff often call her ‘Boss’, ‘Grandma’ and ‘Granny Pants’.”
Since her birth, Colo continues to be a local, national and worldwide celebrity. In the late 60’s and early 70’s Colo gave birth to three children and now her family tree includes 16 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. While one daughter, two grandchildren and one great grandchild reside at the Columbus Zoo many of Colo’s offspring can be found in zoos across the country.
Today, Colo endures arthritis but she is still charming guests of all ages. Please join the Zoo in wishing her a happy birthday!
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here's a great link to a video from her bday bash! thankx joanne! http://www2.nbc4i.com/cmh/news/local/article/famous_columbus_gorilla_celebrates_53rd_birthday/28691/ , its a beautiful thing! what a special gal she is. it brought tears, just watching her and knowing her legacy now and just how much they love her there. wonderful! she had a great looking cupcake too!