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At 60, is this orangutan the world's oldest?

Puan, celebrated her 60th birthday on Thursday with a birthday breakfast of rambutans from her childhood home in Malaysia, reported Perth zoo spokeswoman Danielle Henry.


At 60, is this orangutan the world's oldest?
At 60, Puan is the world's oldest orangutan. (Image courtesy: Alex Asbury)

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: A sumatran orangutan in captivity at Perth zoo has been named the world's oldest at 60 years of age by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Puan, celebrated her 60th birthday on Thursday with a birthday breakfast of rambutans from her childhood home in Malaysia, reported Perth zoo spokeswoman Danielle Henry.

She was gifted to the zoo in 1968 by the Sultan of Johor who received some native Australian animals in return.

Perth Zoo is one of the top breeders of orangutans and Paun was the start of its breeding programme.

Female orangutans in the wild do not generally live past 50, Henry said.

"But due to the care she receives here and the veterinary and keeper care she’s obviously well surpassed that life expectancy."

"She likes to get her own way. If she’s waiting for her breakfast and doesn’t think it’s coming fast she will stamp her foot. Today, I think she was quite unimpressed with all the fanfare."

(With Reuters inputs)

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