The Columbus Zoo is celebrating the life of one the most beloved animals there, Colo the guerrilla who died of unknown causes at the age of 60. Colo was the matriarch of the guerrilla sanctuary and, at 60, was the oldest guerrilla on record.
Colo had just celebrated her 60th Birthday on December 22nd 2016 surrounded by family, friends, and even sweet messages from celebrities like Betty White.
The staff spent time with Colo’s body before she was shipped off for testing to determine the cause of death. Colo had just recently had a tumor removed from under her arm and bounced back like a champ. Tom Stalf, president and CEO of the zoo, stated:
“At the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium our mantra is to touch the heart to teach the mind. Colo touched the hearts of generations of people who came to see her and those that cared for her over her long lifetime. She was an ambassador for gorillas and inspired people to learn more about the critically endangered species and motivated them to protect gorillas in their native habitat.”
We send our love and thoughts to those closest to Colo and the entirety of the Columbus zoo.
Featured image via Columbus Zoo/Twitter.