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Happy 50th Birthday To Ricky The Chimp

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At Scotland's Edinburgh Zoo, Ricky the chimpanzee celebrated his 50th birthday.

That's crazy!

For his birthday, zoo keepers got him baked potatoes, oranges, apples, porridge and, drum roll… bananas.

He is the oldest animal at the zoo, having arrived in 1966.

Originally, his parents were killed by poachers and he was a illegally traded around the black market, ending up as a mascot on a merchant ship.

The zoo's head of animals said:

"It is often very difficult for chimpanzees like Ricky who have been taken from their mothers at a young age and who have had little contact with other chimps due to illegal trading to be accepted by other chimpanzees, who naturally live in complex social hierarchies.

Luckily Ricky’s lovable and gentle personality has helped him find his place and he has been warmly accepted by the chimpanzee group here at Edinburgh Zoo."

Awww! We're glad Ricky has had 50 good years. Let's hope he has several more!

[Image via WENN.]

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