SA Zoo's Mel the Gibbon Turns Sweet 16

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Mel and his girlfriend, Maya the gibbon - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SAN ANTONIO ZOO
  • Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Zoo
  • Mel and his girlfriend, Maya the gibbon

There’s a party going down at the Gibbon Forest in the San Antonio Zoo On Friday, December 12, Mel the white-cheeked gibbon is turning sweet 16, and his keepers are pulling out all the stops to show this birthday ape a good time.

The party’s starting promptly at 10 a.m., so don’t be late. Mel has been stressing over this event for months, and he just wants everything to be great, guys. Don’t mess up this party for Mel, because he will probably just lose it and publicly humiliate you in front of all the other partygoers. Honestly, you are lucky to even be invited.

For his birthday, the keepers are giving Mel a special hanging fruit kabob that the other gibbons better not touch, because Friday is MEL’S DAY. It’s Mel’s kabob with all of his favorite foods on it and the other gibbons just need to respect that. They’ll have their own sweet 16 parties on their own birthdays, so they just need to wait (or maybe they won’t, because Mel is the best gibbon at the zoo and who even cares about the other gibbons).

Mel’s also going to be receiving a special surprise present for his birthday. I bet it’s going to be a Range Rover. That ape is so spoiled.

Don’t forget to sign Mel’s birthday card before you leave. He’s going to know if you don’t, and then you definitely won’t be invited to any more of his parties.

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