Oldest Gorilla in the US Dies in Sleep

Posted: January 20, 2017 in General, What's new
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coloGoodnight, Colo!

The world’s oldest known gorilla has died peacefully in her sleep, just a month after celebrating her 60th birthday. Colo was born at the Columbus Zoo on Dec. 22, 1956, at a time when little was known about keeping and raising western lowland gorillas in captivity. She was born a preemie, and a zookeeper found her still in her amniotic sac in a zoo enclosure, after having been abandoned by her mother. Thanks to 24/7 attention by her human caregivers, she survived and thrived. Colo was briefly called "Cuddles," but after a naming contest, was given her current moniker, a combination of "Columbus" and "Ohio."

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