BERLIN – A gorilla at Berlin Zoo who is widely considered to be the oldest of her species in Europe, if not the world, celebrated her 61st birthday Friday by gorging on a fruit-covered rice cake, an epa correspondent reported.
Fatou, a western lowland gorilla, arrived at Berlin Zoo aged just two in 1959 having been sequestered from West Africa by a French sailor who originally brought her to a port in Marseilles.
Now entering her 62nd year, Fatou cordially celebrated by eagerly tucking into a creamy-looking birthday cake decorated with fresh fruit and served on a bed of green leaves; she left little to waste and licked her fingers in a most human-like fashion.
Fatou is considered by experts to be one of the two oldest recorded gorillas in the world, with the other claim to that title belonging to Trudy, a gorilla who resides in the United States and who is also thought to have been born in 1957.
Western lowland gorillas are endangered in the wild, found in isolated populations in Cameroon, Angola, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial New Guinea and the Central African Republic.