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article imageVideo: San Diego Zoo baby gorilla Monroe turns one

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jun 19, 2012 in Environment
San Diego - The San Diego Zoo's Safari Park celebrated the first birthday of Monroe, the zoo's youngest gorilla on Friday. Monroe is a western lowland gorilla, a species listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
According to NBC San Diego, he was presented with a cake made of fruits, vegetables and ice. Campers from the park's Roar and Snore program camped out overnight and sang "Happy Birthday" when Monroe entered the enclosure on Friday Morning, NBC San Diego reports.
According to MSN Now, he opened the gifts before a cheering crowd of people, but he seemed more interested in the wrapping than the gifts.
Monroe is the offspring of Winston and Kokame. He was born on June 17, 2011 and he is the first gorilla born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in over a Decade, NTDTV reports. Western lowland gorilla females produce 1 baby every 5 years.
Zoo officials say he is healthy and shows playfulness typical of one-year-olds.
NBC San Diego reports that the Safari Park will continue Monroe's birthday celebration into the weekend with more "cake" presents.
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