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Saturday, 29 October 2016

Behold the World's Oldest Orangutan

No doubt you will like to say happy birthday to this fellow before asking how authentic the age claim is. Well, it can’t be more authentic than what the Guinness Book of World Records says.

Information coming out of Perth Zoo in Australia has it that the Orangutan named Puan has been awarded the world's oldest Sumatran Orangutan in captivity by the Guinness Book of World Records. Now that’s great! There are claims by Zoo spokeswoman Danielle Henry that the ape’s species normally don't live past 50, but Puan is celebrating her 60th birthday. The Zoo spokeswoman attributes the ape’s longevity to the great care she receives at the Zoo.  "Due to the care she receives here and the veterinary and keeper care she’s obviously well surpassed that life expectancy" the Zoo spokeswoman explains.

As the matriarch of the Orangutan colony at the Zoo, Puan is reported to have 11 children, as well as numerous grand and great grandchildren. This age is no mean feat when you factor in that Sumatran Orangutans are critically endangered animals with approximately 7,300 left in the wild.

CONGRATULATIONS madam Puan, you are 60 !!!

Story Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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