By Jasmine Kazlauskas
This adorable orangutan has celebrated her 50th birthday in style by having a special party with colourful decorations and opening presents filled with delicious nuts and fruit.
While many dread turning the big 5-0, beloved orangutan Puteri embraced the milestone with a special birthday party this morning at her home in Perth Zoo, Western Australia.
Described as ‘very special’ and a ‘gentle soul’, Puteri was showered with love for her special day and enjoyed opening her birthday present filled with fruit and nuts.
Puteri was born in Perth Zoo back in 1970 and is said to be very maternal and loves the children who visit her exhibit – while she has even been known to gently stroke the pregnant bellies of expectant zoologists.
A spokesperson for Perth Zoo said: “Puteri is a very special Zoo family member and a Zoo Keeper favourite.
“She is described as a gentle soul, is very maternal and loves watching human children from her exhibit. She is absolutely delighted to have people back at the zoo.
“When any of our zoologists are pregnant, she’s also been known to gently stroke their growing bellies, almost sharing the pregnancy with them.
“Puteri is our oldest female orangutan and mother to Temara, who made history as the first zoo-born orangutan to be released into the wild in 2006.
“Puteri’s other daughters, Utama and Teliti still reside within the world renowned Perth Zoo colony.
“50 is a great age for an orangutan. In the wild, female Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered and would be lucky to reach their late 40s.
“That’s if they are able to survive the multiple threats to their existence including habitat loss, poaching or avoid being trafficked into the illegal pet trade.
“It’s a tough life out in the wild, but thanks to the excellent health care, love and safe haven the zoo provides, today Puteri is 50 years young and we couldn’t be happier.”