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

Puan, world's oldest orangutan, dead at 62 Puan, the oldest Sumatran orangutan in the world, has died at the Perth Zoo in Australia, officials said. She was 62.

The female orangutan was euthanized due to what veterinarians said were age-related complications affecting her quality of life, Perth Zoo said in a statement Tuesday.

Holly Thompson, a primate supervisor at the zoo, said it was difficult to end Puan's life on Monday, but noted it was the right and respectful choice.

"She did so much for the colony at Perth Zoo and the survival of her species, so I am very proud of the level of care given to Puan throughout her years, but importantly in her final days," Thompson said.

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