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Oldest Zoo Gorilla, Colo, Celebrates Birthday At Columbus Zoo In Ohio (PHOTOS)

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- 2339 days ago -
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The first gorilla born in a zoo is turning 56 and celebrating her birthday with some special treats at her central Ohio home.


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Barb K (1685)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 4:45 pm
Given the fact that Colo was born at the zoo, the only thing I can hope for is that the 'zoo' is more like a sanctuary! Happy Birthday, Colo!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 25, 2012, 7:38 pm
Noted! Happy birthday precious and hope you get all the treats you want!

Danuta W (1251)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 3:04 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 7:01 am
Happy Birthday and happy holidays to Colo! Thanks Barb.

Christeen A (300)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 10:54 am
Happy Birthday to you.

Arthur S (88)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 4:23 pm
Happy birthday precious, thank you Barb dear.

Mike M (8)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 8:58 am
Wow!! The zoo is all she knows and is 56 years old. I hope the treat her with tender care and respect.

. (7)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 9:08 am
She doesn't exactly look like a happy face! Happy birthday Colo, I hope you are happy. Thanks Barb.

Amy E (66)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 9:28 am
56 wow!!!!!!! Happy Birthday Colo!

Mar M (6)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 10:38 am
hope the treats were good ones and continue ....not just for a birthday but beyond!

Waltraud U (85)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 10:58 am
hope he can have a nice sanctuary for the rest of his lifetime and be free.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 11:02 am
Happy Birthday, Colo! I wish you could have known freedom........

Carol C (97)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 11:36 am
I hope she is well looked after.

Gene Jacobson (287)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 12:49 pm
First thought is 56 years in captivity. Born the year I started school. Amazed she has lived this long as things are very dangerous for Gorillas in the Mist. Very mixed feelings about this. Glad she is okay, sad she isn't free and that it probably isn't safe for her to be. She'd not know what to do now anyway were she suddenly free. I hope she has a big enough enclosure to have some time to herself. Those paper chains in the first picture looked all to real to me. Maybe to her too.

Ruth M (235)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 1:19 pm
I hope you are happy Colo but I'm sad you're not free and have never been able to lead a normal life

Isabelle J (81)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 1:34 pm
Poor Gorilla... i hope she is happy !

Ana Fontan (16)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 1:50 pm
An entire life in captivity? This is a creature that should have lived in FREEDOM in its natural habitat, not in a zoo, which is completely unnatural to animals! Sorry but I see nothing to celebrate here!

Thursday December 27, 2012, 1:57 pm

Natalie V (28)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 3:34 pm

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 4:35 pm
Happy birthday, Colo. I'm glad that you are thriving but sorry that you've lived your entire life in a Zoo.

Christine Stewart (134)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 5:47 pm
At least the zoo does its best to give her enrichment in her enclosure- I know people don't like zoos, but it is too dangerous in the wild if you're a gorilla or any other animal that would be poached for bushmeat.

Dianne D (490)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 6:43 pm
Happy Birthday Colo. Hope you are having a good life even if it's in captivity. As much as I hate zoo's, for you it's probably safer. Unfortunately all wildlife will end up behind bars, for something they didn't do, but to protect them from man.

jennifer t (41)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 6:50 pm
This poor gorilla should have been left in the wild and not in a zoo.Shame on these horrible people that have kept him as a prisoner for human satisfaction.Disgusting cretins

Thursday December 27, 2012, 10:26 pm

Christine W (10)
Friday December 28, 2012, 5:28 am
OMG !! 56 years stuck in a zoo !! Send her to a sanctuary now please !! Happy Birthday Colo xx

Ruth C (87)
Friday December 28, 2012, 6:40 am
May God bless her.

Margo R (14)
Friday December 28, 2012, 12:59 pm
Happy Birthday Colo............even tho you should be free to roam around. Since you are not, I wish you only good things for the rest of your life!

Muriel Servaege (53)
Friday December 28, 2012, 3:05 pm
Happy birthday, Colo. I hope you don't feel as bored as you look!

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 12:06 am
Happy Birthday, Colo.

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 3:11 pm
Thanks, cool stuff, such a shame these animals are so endangered!!!
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