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Hogle planning a Gorgeous birthday party

Dominik Rivera says hello to Gorgeous, a female Western lowland gorilla, at the Hogle Zoo Friday. Gorgeous, the oldest living gorilla in captivity and the oldest female gorilla of record in captivity, will celebrate her 50th birthday Saturday. Zoo visitors are invited to sign a large birthday card and sing "Happy Birthday" to Gorgeous as she receives a large birthday cake at noon. The cake will be made of monkey chow, sweet potatoes and nonfat dairy whip. Gorgeous is doing very well for her age, said Cyndy Andrews, zoo marketing director. She was the first gorilla to have cataract surgery. Physicians restored the eyesight in her right eye with an intraocular lens implant in 1990.