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Oldest known living gorilla in the US is 60 years

FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2016 file photo, Colo, a western lowland gorilla, rests in her enclosure at the Columbus Zoo, in Columbus, Ohio.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 60th anniversary of the country’s oldest known living gorilla is placing a focus on care for aging zoo animals.

Colo, a female gorilla at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. She celebrates her milestone on Thursday.

Colo is the first gorilla in the world born in a zoo and has surpassed the normal life expectancy of gorillas in captivity by two decades.

She is a mother of three children, grandmother of 16, great grandmother of 12 and great-great-grandmother of three. Zoo officials recently removed a malignant tumor, but to say that they do it well.

Experts say that a better medical care, better nutrition and up-to-date therapeutic techniques to help extend of animals in zoos live.

The changes also mean more animals live with the pain of aging.

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