Monday, October 21, 2002

CHIMPANZEE MARKS 50TH BIRTHDAY IN CAPTIVITY

Coco: 50 years young
10/18/02 LAURA OPPENHEIMER

Coco ripped into presents and chomped treats straight from the container Thursday at her birthday party, demonstrating the decorum warranted at a toddler's bash.

But the Oregon Zoo's matriarch chimpanzee was turning 50. The zoo's oldest animal, Coco celebrated with dozens of onlookers who ate cupcakes, decorated chimp masks and belted out "Happy Birthday."...