Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

World oldest Sumtran Orangutan, Puan dies at 62

World oldest Sumtran Orangutan, Puan dies at 62

Puan is believed to have been born in a jungle in Sumatra, Indonesia, in 1956 and she had been at Perth Zoo since 1968. She well exceeded the life expectancy of Sumatran orang-utans, with most not living past the age of 50. She was in a zoo environment, but to the end she always maintained her independence.

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

Perth Zoo broke the sad news this morning, Puan the orangutan has died.

She added that her legacy as a wild-born orangutan will be carried on by her great-grandson Nyaru who is now living in the jungles of Sumatra.

"She did so much for the colony at Perth Zoo and the survival of her species", Perth Zoo primate supervisor Holly Thompson said.

While she passed away at 62-years-old, she leaves behind an impeccable legacy.

The world recently said farewell to one of its oldest Sumatran Orangutans.

Puan was put down at Perth Zoo after developing age-related complications.

"Her genetics count for just under 10 per cent of the global zoological population, which is an impressive statistic", Ms Thompson said.

Buan was treated to the sight of Sumatran orangutans, which, to date, there are about 14.6 thousand.

Holly Thompson, a primate supervisor at the zoo, said it was hard to end Puan's life on Monday, but noted it was the right and respectful choice. Diogo found that gorillas, bonobos, and chimpanzees possess the same muscles that help humans walk on two legs, create sounds, and use tools.

Zookeeper Martina Hart, who has known Puan for 18 years, penned a heartfelt farewell to the orangutan who left behind an "incredible legacy". The investigation focused on 11-year-old orangutan Samboja and how she picked out potential suitors by using a tablet.

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