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Dallas Zoo Celebrates Chimp and Otter's Birthdays



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    Mshindi hangs on a rope while playing in his habitat. (left photo - Aug. 2014) An excited Tasanee waits for a fishy treat. (right photo - July 2014)

    The Dallas Zoo is throwing first birthday party bashes for a chimp and an otter and everyone is invited to the party.

    The parties for Mshindi the chimp and Tasanee the Asian small-clawed otter are planned for Saturday morning.

    Guests are invited at the Chimpanzee Forest in Wilds of Africa, where at 10 a.m., everyone will sing "Happy Birthday" while Mshindi and his eight troop members tear into a massive, chimp face-shaped birthday cake filled with his favorite treats.

    Then at 10:45 a.m. everyone will sing to Tasanee as she and her parents dive into her floating sashimi boat loaded with her favorite food at the Otter Outpost in Zoo North.

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    The zoo will also give the first 100 guests at both habitats a free mini-cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

    Mshindi and Tasanee were born one day apart, but getting them to their first birthdays is a big deal for the Dallas Zoo.

    Asian small-clawed otter Tasanee beat the odds to survive; she needed more than 100 days of devoted care from her keepers, because single otter pups usually do not make it.

    Chimp Mshindi has been an integral addition to the now nine-member troop. He's the first baby since his brother, Kona, arrived in 2009, adding a positive dynamic to the troop's complex social structure.

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