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Fatou the gorilla celebrates 61st birthday at Berlin zoo

The female Gorilla Fatou eats a 'rice-cake' to celebrate her 61st birthday at a zoo in Berlin, Germany, on April 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

BERLIN (AP) -- 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 honor.

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