The world recently said farewell to one of its oldest Sumatran Orangutans. The 62-year-old Puan passed away at an Australian zoo.
A Fond Farewell
Australia's Perth Zoo shared the sad news with the public on Monday, June 18, on their website. The zoological organization believed that Puan was born in 1956 in Malaysia. Perth Zoo officials stated that the Malaysian government gave the Sumatran orangutan as a New Year's Eve gift to an Australia zoo in 1968.
Puan, whose name translates to "Lady" in Indonesian, played an essential role at the Perth Zoo. She was the matriarch of the Sumatran Orangutan tribe. Puan was also a crucial element in the Australian Zoo's breeding program.
While she passed away at 62-years-old, she leaves behind an impeccable legacy. Puan had 11 children and 54 descendants that not only lived with her but also in various parts of the world. Reports indicate that 29 of her progenies were in zoos in the United States, Singapore, and different parts of Europe. It was also known that some of her relatives were released into Sumatra.
"Her genetics count for just 10 percent of the global zoological population. That's impressive statistics," said Holly Thompson, primate supervisor at the Perth Zoo in the press release.
While several zoo officials remembered her for being "aloof," Perth Zoo staff members knew where they stood with the Sumatran Orangutan. They noted that if the staff did anything that offended Puan, she would tap her foot to express her unhappiness with them. The Perth Zoo euthanized Puan after she developed age-related health complications.
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