Nico the grumpy gorilla celebrates 56th birthday.

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Like most 56 year old's, Nico, Longleat Safari Park's oldest resident, looked like he hoped staff had forgotten his birthday this week.<br />
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The ageing Western Lowland silverback is the oldest Gorilla in Europe, and the second oldest in the world.<br />
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The grumpy ape had a cursory glance at his birthday card which had his face on it with a tongue in cheek caption to 'try and contain your excitement' but then unceremoniously discarded it. <br />
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However, the grumpy gorilla did crack a smile as he devoured his birthday cake which was made out of bananas and courgettes with some carrot candles.