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Scottsbluff chimpanzee celebrates his 49th birthday

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Zookeepers and the public got together today to celebrate a special milestone in the life of one of their most adored animals.

Jack, a chimpanzee at Riverside Discovery Center Zoo turned approximately 49 years old today. Because he was born in the wild in Africa, experts had to estimate his age.

Jack came from the Atlanta zoo and has been here since 1993. Since his arrival, he has captured the hearts of many visitors with his witty personality.

Zookeeper Michael Gillen says that this is a bigger deal than people realize.

"This is a big milestone," says Gillen. "The average life expectancy of chimps is usually early to mid forties, so he's actually the third oldest male chimp in the SSP program in North America, so it's something to celebrate when you reach that age as a chimp."

Gillen says he hopes Jack sees many more birthdays.
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