North West Wales

Welsh Mountain Zoo: Chimpanzee has 21st birthday party

A chimpanzee smiles at the Welsh Mountain Zoo Image copyright The Welsh Mountain Zoo
Image caption The gifts for Nickel's birthday appear to have made this chimp smile

It was a case of many apey returns for a chimpanzee celebrating his 21st birthday at a Conwy zoo.

Keepers threw a party for Nickel - who was born at the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay in 1995 - to celebrate the milestone on Thursday.

Nickel and the zoo's 10 other chimps were given some treats to unwrap.

Head keeper Michelle Pywell said: "It was wonderful to see the chimps all taking part in the celebration and sharing many presents."

Chimpanzees can live up to about 50 years.

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Image caption The Welsh Mountain Zoo has five male and six female chimpanzees
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Image caption Nickel the chimpanzee enjoys a birthday treat
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