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Oldest Gorilla In The World Turns 65

April 19, 2022

Fatou, believed to be the oldest gorilla in the world, which is kept in Berlin Zoo turned 65 recently.

"Our Gorilla lady is celebrating her 65th birthday today, making her the oldest Gorilla in the world," the zoo wrote on Instagram.

"The traditional birthday cake could not be missing this year either. The birthday meal is always something very special for Fatou," the zoo said. Photos included in the post showed the huge primate enjoying a cake decorated with berries and fruits to form the numbers "65."


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The gorilla arrived in Berlin in 1959.

According to the zoo authorities, the great ape arrived in the zoo under "unusual circumstances".

"A sailor used the young gorilla to pay his tab at a tavern in Marseilles, France, after which she was transported across Europe before eventually being purchased by the zoo in Germany. She was estimated to be just two years old at the time of her arrival," the zoo informed.

In 2019, Fatou was named the "oldest living gorilla in captivity" by Guinness World Records after Trudy, a gorilla born in 1956, died.

Fatou is one of the only animals at the Berlin Zoo born in the wild, according to the news release.

In captivity, gorillas usually live up to 50 years, the Guinness World Records informed.

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