Margaret, the National Aquarium’s hyacinth macaw, celebrated her 26th birthday by opening a special enrichment gift!
Photograph courtesy the National Aquarium
To cool off during her August birthday party, Bao Bao the giant panda enjoyed a cake made of frozen fruit juice.
Photograph courtesy Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Imani the lioness was too shy to taste her special cake made of meat at her third birthday party. But her companion, John, had no trouble grabbing a bite!
Photograph courtesy Cincinnati Zoo
King the black rhino brought in his first birthday with a king-size cake piñata. Things got wild when his mom knocked the cake over!
Photograph courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo
Two Sumatran tiger cubs, Diana and Ja Malle, celebrated their first birthday with plenty of playtime!
Photograph courtesy San Antonio Zoo
Patti the chimpanzee rang in her 32nd birthday with treats, ribbons, piñatas, and of course gifts!
Photograph courtesy Chimps Inc. a sanctuary for chimps. Learn more: www.chimps-inc.org
Animal birthday parties can get pretty wild. With cakes, decorations, and presents, the parties may appear ordinary—but look a little closer. Is that cake made of meat? Is that rhino mom knocking over her son's cake?
These are our favorite animal birthday parties held in 2014. Next year we hope we make the invite list!
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By Allyson Shaw/NGS Staff