On the 22nd of December in 1956, Colo was born in Columbus Zoo in Ohio. Colo, who was briefly called Cuddles before she received her official name, was the first gorilla to be born in a zoo. She was rejected by her mother and hand-raised by zookeepers. Since the death of 55-year-old Jenny, Colo is also the oldest living gorilla in captivity. She celebrated her 56th birthday on Saturday at Colombus Zoo with presents and cake.
A tiara cut from a honeydew melon, and a scepter made of carrot and sweet potato topped the birthday cake to honor Colo as “queen of the Zoo,” said Patty Peters, vice president of community relations.
Colo is one of 15 endangered lowland gorillas at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. She was born at the zoo on Dec. 22, 1956 – the first gorilla born in captivity.
“Colo is here because somebody decided the rules needed to be broken,” Greene said.
That “somebody” was the late Warren Thomas, an Ohio State University veterinary student and part-time gorilla keeper who put together Colo’s parents to mate, even though that was against zoo practice.
Colo wasn’t the only one having a good time on Saturday. Take a look at these fantastic photographs all taken on the 22nd:
And here are the stars of the party who took the photos:
It’s hard to believe that next Saturday is the last Saturday of the year. Make sure to take a photograph so you can join us for the end of year celebration!
All you need to do is take a photograph on Saturday and tweet it to @SatScenes with a location. It’s easy and fun and a great way to end 2012.