Berlin zoo celebrates 67th birthday of world’s oldest gorilla

BERLIN –


Berlin’s zoo is celebrating the 67th birthday of Fatou the gorilla, its oldest resident, who it believes is also the oldest gorilla in the world.


Fatou was born in 1957 and came to the zoo in what was then West Berlin in 1959. Ahead of her official birthday on Saturday, keepers on Friday served up a treat of fruit and vegetables.

Vet Andre Schüle said there is no gorilla older than Fatou in any other zoo, “and we have to assume that there is no animal older than her in the wild,” where animals do not live so long.

Fatou lives in an enclosure of her own and prefers to keep her distance from the zoo’s other gorillas in her old age.

Fatou became the zoo’s oldest resident only recently, following the death earlier this year of Ingo the flamingo. The bird was believed to be at least 75 and had lived at the zoo since 1955. 

Share this
Tags

Must-read

N.W.T. leaders worry wildfires, low water will mean even longer delay for much-needed housing units

Seniors in five N.W.T. communities expecting to move into new homes earlier this spring will now have to wait until at least summer, because of wildfires...

PC candidate says comments on recruiting doctors from India and Pakistan weren’t meant to be derogatory

Lin Paddock, the Progressive Conservative candidate in the upcoming Baie Verte-Green Bay byelection, said Tuesday that comments he made about recruiting doctors in India...

Repairs near completion at Rissers Beach Provincial Park after storm damage

Eight months after post-tropical storm Lee tore through Rissers Beach Provincial Park on Nova Scotia's South Shore, repairs are moving into the final stages.  Rissers...

Recent articles

More like this

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here