World’s Oldest Sumatran Orangutan Dies Aged 62

World’s Oldest Sumatran Orangutan Dies Aged 62

Saddened visitors and staff members gathered to pay tribute to the beloved primate, which was one of the zoo's favorite attractions.

Primate supervisor Holly Thompson said it was always hard to make the decision to put down any animal, but it was the right decision and a respectful end for the old primate who demanded respect throughout her life. "She was the founding female of the best breeding colony in the world.The maker of the most incredible nests, and the lady who took no nonsense from her children over the years, but was also the most nurturing mother we had".

The matriarch of Perth Zoo's Sumatran Orangutan colony was the oldest living Orangutan in the world.

According to Ms. Thompson, she had an independent personality and a distant attitude. Her great-grandson Nyaru was the latest individual to be released into the wild.

The female orangutan was euthanized due to what veterinarians said were age-related complications affecting her quality of life, Perth Zoo said in a statement Tuesday. 54, and her offspring live in many zoos in the world, but also in the wild in the jungles of Sumatra.

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Handout photo taken in 2016 shows Puan at Perth Zoo where she lived since being gifted by Malaysia in 1968.

"Over the years Puan's eyelashes had greyed, her movement had slowed down and her mind had started to wander", Hunt wrote. "We knew what to do with Puan, and if she was unhappy she would just kick her foot". "It fascinates me as to the stories she could tell".

According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are only about 14,600 Sumatran orangutans left in the world.

"She was a handsome independent lady whose legacy is unparalleled".

For her keepers, Puan's importance went beyond just awards and statistics. I feel so grateful to have been in her life, albeit to have been such a small part of her life.

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