Puan, world's oldest Sumatran orangutan, dies at 62

Puan, world's oldest Sumatran orangutan, dies at 62

Puan, world's oldest Sumatran orangutan, dies at 62

THE oldest Sumatran Orang-utan in the world passed away yesterday at Perth Zoo.

"There really aren't words to describe Puan and the impact she has had on not only the breeding program at Perth Zoo, but also on the people who over the past 50-odd years have cared for her". However, some individuals were released into the wild. 54, and her offspring live in many zoos in the world, but also in the wild in the jungles of Sumatra.

The world's oldest Sumatran orangutan, which had 11 children and 54 descendants spread across the globe, has died aged 62, Australian zoo officials said Tuesday. They noted that if the staff did anything that offended Puan, she would tap her foot to express her unhappiness with them.

Puan, whose name translates to "Lady" in Indonesian, played an essential role at the Perth Zoo.

The world's oldest Sumatran Orangutan has been euthanised at a West Australian Zoo.

It read: 'Over the years Puan's eyelashes had greyed, her movement had slowed down and her mind had started to wander.

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

"It feels quite surreal to have said goodbye, we all know that life isn't infinite, but for some reason Puan has always just seemed to be the one who might prove us wrong", Ms. Hart wrote.

Puan was enthanised after symptoms of age-related complications.

Zookeeper Martina Hart said Puan "went extremely peacefully".

She leaves two daughters at the zoo, along with four grandchildren and a great grandson.

She even exhibited those motherly mannerisms toward her zookeepers.

With many species living in rainforests, the cutting down of millions of acres of forest to supply the increasing demand for timber or to clear land for agriculture is destroying their habitat and making populations more fragmented.

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