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The world's oldest known gorilla just celebrated her 65th birthday with a delicious cake

The world's oldest known gorilla just celebrated her 65th birthday with a delicious cake

For her special day, the zoo presented Fatou with a cake decorated with berries and fruits to form the numbers "65."

Last week a western lowland gorilla named Fatou celebrated her 65th birthday, making her the world's oldest known gorilla. "Our Gorilla lady is celebrating her 65th birthday today, making her the oldest Gorilla in the world," shared the Berlin Zoo revealing the news on Instagram. "The traditional birthday cake could not be missing this year either. The birthday meal is always something very special for Fatou."

For her special day, the zoo presented her with a cake decorated with berries and fruits to form the numbers "65." Sharing the healthy and safe ingredients used in the cake, district manager Christian Aust noted, "The cake base is made of rice, and we used quark, vegetables, and fruit for the decoration."



 

Pictures uploaded by them show the primate enjoying her treat happily. Aust went on to note that Fatou remains extremely lively despite her old age. "For her exceptionally old age, Fatou is a very vigorous old lady with a healthy appetite. We are happy every day that she is with us and hope to be able to celebrate a few more birthdays with her," read the post.

However, they noted how just like humans, gorillas too should not consume too many sweets and thus it's a real treat whenever Fatou gets her hands on it especially since she has a sweet tooth. "But the sweet tooth only gets so many different types of fruit together with rice and quark once a year. Just like humans, gorillas shouldn't eat too many sweet treats. Fruit contains a lot of fructose, which is why vegetables are almost exclusively on the menu," they noted.



 

According to a news release from her 61st birthday, Fatou came to Berlin in 1959 under "unusual circumstances." It was a sailor who had used the young gorilla to settle his tab at a tavern in Marseilles, France. She was then transported across Europe before eventually arriving at the zoo in Germany after they bought her. At the time she was estimated to be just two years old.

"Fatou is almost a living legend in zoo circles. Not only in Berlin but also beyond the borders of Europe, she has a large fan base, which regularly inquires about the condition of the gorilla senior," read the zoo's website. After Trudy, a gorilla who was born in 1956, died, Fatou was named the "oldest living gorilla in captivity" by the Guinness World Records in 2019. 

Cover image source: Berlin Zoo

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