Gorilla unimpressed by flowers for 50th birthday

275x250.jpg Bosses at a UK safari park say they didn't know what to get for a silverback gorilla turning 50… but that flowers weren't their best idea.

Staff at Longleat Safari had wanted to do something special for Nico, Europe’s oldest silverback, when he celebrated his 50th birthday.

As such they gave the 200kgs beast an array of gifts including a bunch of flowers and a banana-shaped birthday cake for him to enjoy.

But as these photos show, the flowers didn't go down too well and got petulantly thrown on the ground… at least the banana cake was more appreciated and got devoured in seconds.
275x250.jpg "It's difficult to think of new present ideas for him as he's pretty much got everything already," said keeper Mark Tye.
"Although he is now a very old man, Nico's is still extremely active and in amazingly good condition considering his age. We came up with a selection of presents for him; some of which were more warmly received than others.
"Someone came up with the idea of a bouquet of flowers and although I'm sure he appreciated the sentiment he couldn't really disguise his lack of enthusiasm for them!"
Longleat Safari    
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