Philadelphia Zoo throws 31st birthday party for gorilla

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The Philadelphia Zoo threw a 31st birthday party for Motuba. (WPVI)

The Philadelphia Zoo threw a 31st birthday party for Motuba the gorilla that included songs, presents and a cake made of his favorite foods, which he didn't get a chance to eat.

That's because one of his female housemates snatched the cake and took it up to a high perch, where she ate the whole thing herself.

Motuba's actual birthday was on Saturday, but the festivities were pushed to Thursday due to the weekend snowstorm.

Motuba was born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He came to Philadelphia in February 2014 from Omaha, Nebraska's Henry Doorly Zoo.

Officials say Western lowland gorillas like Motuba can live as long as 50 years, but typically live around 34 years. They are listed as critically endangered species.
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