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    Chuck Liddy - cliddy@newsobserver.com
    Bomassa plays with ribbon attached to tree limbs as he celebrates his first birthday at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, N.C. Saturday August 3, 2013. The zoo held a birthday celebration for Bomassa and another baby gorilla named Apollo. Both were born in August. Hundreds of visitors attended the "party" to watch the gorillas get special treats like ice cakes, fruits and vegetables and even some popcorn.
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    The father of both babies, Nkosi, sits stoically in the compound with his back to the crowd. He is a 410 pound Silverback gorilla whose name means "Leader" in Swahili.
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    Jamani gives her son Bomassa a birthday ride around the gorilla compound.
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    Olympia holds her son, Apollo, after he had consumed parts of the birthday ice cakes.
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    Allison Ledford, 9, of Zebulon, celebrated her birthday with the one year old baby gorillas.
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    Leah Ellis, 4, of Bahama, shows off a birthday card she made for the gorilla's first birthday party. Zoo officials accepted the card on behalf of Bomassa and Apollo.
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    Hundreds of visitors passed through the gorilla compound to celebrate the first birthday of Bomassa and Apollo.
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    Volunteers Marilyn Burris (left) and Jan Burge hand out over 300 cupcakes to visitors for the birthday celebration. This was the first round of cupcakes, more followed later in the day.
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    Carter Britt, 3, of Lumberton makes his selection as cupcakes are served in honor of the baby gorilla's first birthday.
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    Volunteers Marilyn Burris Jan Burge (left) and Marilyn Burris hand out over 300 cupcakes to visitors for the birthday celebration.
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    Mom snoozes as one of the "birthday boys" plays around on tree limbs decorated with paper streamers in honor of his birthday.
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    Colby Giersch, 2, of Charlotte touches Gail Anderson's drum. Anderson is a member of the Winston-Salem based group "The Healing Force" . They provided music during the birthday celebration.
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    Sonji Anderson of "The Healing Force" plays the Ngoni during the birthday celebration.
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    Winson-Salem's "The Healing Force", left to right, Karin Anderson, Gail Anderson, Sonji Anderson and Joseph Anderson entertain the crowds.
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    Father of the birthday boys, Nkosi gets his piece of the ice cake during the day long party.
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    Mother and birthday boy check out the ice cake. Some kool aid and frozen vegetables were a treat for the gorillas.
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    Apollo clings to his mother, Olympia's leg, during festivities for his birthday.
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