Columbus Zoo: oldest living gorilla has a new great-grandson

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COLUMBUS, Ohio  – The longest-living gorilla on record has another great-grandbaby.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says a baby western lowland gorilla named JJ was born there Wednesday. They posted a tweet with a picture of the baby’s dad and his brother:

The newborn’s gender was determined a bit later: a boy! JJ and his mom Tabibu are expected to remain behind the scenes for several months.

The baby gorilla is descended from the zoo’s well-known gorilla family.

Fifty-nine-year-old Colo is considered the oldest gorilla on record. She still lives at the Columbus zoo, where she was born. JJ’s father, Macombo II, is Colo’s grandson. He and his brother, Mosuba, were the first gorilla twins born in the western hemisphere.

There is a 60th birthday celebration planned for Colo on December 22nd.

The naming of the newborn was auctioned off as a zoo fundraiser.

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