Happy Birthday Colo

by Maureen McCabe on December 22, 2008

Happy Birtday Real Living ecard

Happy Birthday to  Colo at the Columbus Zoo.

Colo was born on December 22, 1956, the first western lowland gorilla born in captivity. I believe Colo is the oldest western lowland gorilla in captivity now too.  This Day in History, video of Colo as a baby.

Big festivities at the Columbus Zoo today to celebrate, a party thrown by Dunkin Donuts.  Wish it was a warmer day.  If you are a December baby like Colo you can get into the zoo for free today to celebrate with Colo (9-5 today.)

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium event announcement

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1 Kelley Bell December 23, 2008 at 09:41 am

I have an interesting Colo story:

When Colo was born my Uncle was in town. He was a reporter for a tv station out in Texas. the station asked him to go to the zoo and get some footage of the new baby Gorilla. He took my dad along and the zoo keepers let them get right up close inside the enclosure. We got twenty min. of footage of my dad sitting on the floor of the nursery playing with baby Colo!

Clips appeared on the news all over the country.

Years later my dad ran into jack hanna at the grocery and told him about our home movies. Jack asked to make copies of the tapes. Dad took the film to the zoo and dropped it off.

Six months later we had not heard a word from the zoo, so we asked them about our film.

No one knows what happened to it, and Jack says he never got it.

Pity. It was great footage. Our family used to love watching it.

Maybe someday it will show up.

2 Maureen McCabe December 23, 2008 at 11:06 am

ooooh. I was loving it until the films got lost.

I was sure I had previously seen Today Show footage about Colo back in 1956 but could not find it.

What a great story to have a family link to Colo.

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