When Animals Run For Office, Alert The Cute Police!

Colossus Runs Out Of The Jungle And Into Our Hearts

Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via Getty Images
Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via Getty Images

Colossus the giant gorilla, also known as Tony the silverback gorilla, was one of the largest apes ever raised in captivity. He also ran for President in 1980 as a publicity stunt for Benson’s Wild Animal Park. Located in Hudson, New Hampshire, Benson’s used Colossus to draw attention to the failing zoo by having the behemoth run in the primaries as both a Democrat and Republican.

Colossus, however, was no competition for Hollywood icon Ronald Reagan that year and never ran for office again. He is, however, included in classic trading card sets as a “serious candidate.” Benson’s, despite the publicity, closed in 1987 and Colossus moved to the Cincinnati Zoo where he lived the rest of his life.