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World's oldest gorilla celebrates 55th birthday

Friday 9 May 2008 8:22 p.m.

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A gorilla recognised as the world's oldest in captivity celebrated her 55th birthday by munching down a four-layer frozen fruit cake and banana leaf-wrapped treats.
 
Jenny's caretakers at the Dallas Zoo say she is having a few joint issues and her eyesight is not what it used to be, but she still looks good for an old ape.
 
Todd Bowsher is curator of the zoo's Wilds of Africa exhibit. He calls the birthday "a special milestone", adding that it shows the zoo has made "great strides in veterinary care, nutrition and animal husbandry".
 
The International Species Information System, which maintains records on animals at 700 institutions around the world, says Jenny is the oldest gorilla in its database.
 
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