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Orangutan celebrates 50 years with party

BROOKFIELD, IL (WLS/CNN) - There was quite a celebration at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL.

Maggie the orangutan turned 50 on Monday. To celebrate, the zoo baked her a cake made of carrots and sweet potatoes. Visitors to the also zoo sang a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday.

Maggie was born at the San Diego Zoo, but moved to Brookfield in 1995.

Hitting 50 is an usual milestone for an orangutan.

"I kind of like to equate it to somebody turning 100 years old. It's definitely possible, but not everybody does it," said Amy Coons, senior zoo keeper.

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