The world has bided a painful farewell to the earliest known Sumatran orangutan, Puan that reportedly died at the age of sixty-two in an Australian zoo. Puan has left behind fifty-four descendants that are spread all over the world including zoos in the United States, Europe, Singapore, and Australia. Some of Puan’s descendants also inhibit the Sumatra island.
As reported by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Puan has contributed remarkably towards keeping the severely endangered species Sumatran orangutan alive. Puan was reportedly born in the year 1956 in Indonesia and was gifted later in the year 1968 to the West Australian Zoo by a Malaysian sultan.
The keepers of Puan were really fond of the animal. The chief zookeeper of Puan, Martina Hart penned down an obituary in which she described the animal to be “the maker of the most amazing nests, and the lady who took no nonsense from her children over the years, but was also the most nurturing mother we had.” Hart further mentioned, “If you weren’t quick with her dinner, or you kept her inside a minute longer than she deemed necessary, she would let you know by tapping her foot to make you hurry along. You always knew were you stood with Puan.” The obituary was published on Tuesday 19th June in The West Australian newspaper.
Remembering the old days of Puan in the zoo, Hart said, “Over the years Puan’s eyelashes had greyed, her movement had slowed down and her mind had started to wander. But she remained the matriarch, the quiet, dignified lady she had always been.”
The Perth zoo uploaded a heart touching video of Puan on the social networking platform Twitter. Primate Supervisor Holly Thompson said that Puan’s death was really “calm and relaxed.” Thompson stated, “Puan had people who had been working with her for a long long time, with her till the very end.” Martina Hart, with a heavy heart, said that the entire zoo would miss her.
Even after the passing away of Puan, there are some of the animal’s descendants living at the Perth Zoo. Puan’s descendants at the Perth Zoo include- Pulang and Puteri, her daughters; Lestari, Sekara, Teliti, and Utama, her four grandchildren; and Sungai, her great-grandson.