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World's oldest Sumatran orangutan dies

World's oldest Sumatran orangutan dies

The world's oldest Sumatran orangutan took her last breath at Perth Zoo, Australia, the officials informed today.

Puan had 11 babies among a total of 54 descendants scattered around the world, mostly in the United States, Europe, Australia and the jungle of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Puan - which means "lady" in Indonesian - was believed to be born in Sumatra in 1956 and has been in the care of the Perth zoo since 1968. "She was the founding female of the best breeding colony in the world".

'Her genetics count for just under 10 per cent of the global zoological population'.

Although Puan may have passed on, a few of her surviving descendents remain in Perth Zoo, including daughters, Puteri and Pulang; four grandchildren, Utama, Teliti, Sekara and Lestari; and great grandson Sungai.

At 62 years she lived well beyond her typical life expectancy and was recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest verified member of her species in 2016.

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"She was somewhat aloof, I remember being told early in my career - "Puan will decide when and if you may touch her"!" The Perth Zoo euthanized Puan after she developed age-related health complications.

Puan's chief zookeeper penned an obituary in The West Australian newspaper to pay a tribute to her on Tuesday, the BBC report added.

"To look at Puan is to look into the eyes of an animal (and I find even saying "animal" to feel slightly disrespectful) who has seen so much in her lifetime that the mind boggles", she wrote.

Sumatran orangutans are struggling to adapt in a changing world and are listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN 2017).

The orange apes are solitary but social animals and tend to live in small groups until they reach adulthood.

Behind the collapse in primate numbers is an increase in industrial agriculture.


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