Veteran gorilla Fatou celebrates 61st birthday at Berlin zoo
The female Gorilla Fatou eats a 'rice-cake' to celebrate her 61st birthday at the zoo in Berlin, Germany, Friday, April 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, April 13, 2018 12:36PM EDT
BERLIN -- Fatou the gorilla, believed to be one of the world's oldest, is celebrating her 61st birthday at Berlin's zoo -- nearly six decades after she found her way to Germany from a French bar.
Zookeepers on Friday presented Fatou a rice cake decorated with the number 61 in fruit.
The zoo says she shares the title of world's oldest female gorilla with Trudy, a gorilla at the zoo in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Still, it's not entirely clear how old she is. Fatou arrived in Berlin in 1959, finding her way there after a sailor used the young gorilla as payment at a bar in the French port city of Marseille.
She isn't the oldest inhabitant of the zoo, however. Ingo the flamingo, who arrived there in 1948, has that honour.
Yummy...cake! The worlds oldest gorilla Fatou is celebrating her 61st birthday with a fantastic healthy cake at #ZooBerlin. Happy birthday old lady! After picking out the strawberries first, she is licking her fingers fully satisfied. Read her story herehttps://t.co/SrtjHgfYYw pic.twitter.com/MShtwEMXOY— Zoo Tierpark Berlin (@zooberlin) April 13, 2018