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India's oldest orangutan passes away in Kanpur zoo

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Published on 6 March 2016 12:37 PM GMT

Indias oldest orangutan passes away in Kanpur zoo
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Kanpur: Mangal, the oldest orangutan of the country, died due to age related complications in Kanpur Zoo of Uttar pradesh on Saturday sending shock waves among the animal lovers.

The 36-year old Mangal, born and brought up in Kanpur Zoo, was nick-named as 'Bhashma Pitamah' because of his old age and was very popular among the zoo staff and visitors owing to his friendly demeanour.

About Mangal

  • He was born to his mother Dayang and father Avang on November 13, 1979.
  • His parents were brought here from Bristol zoo on October 28,1976.
  • Mangal was an amiable orangutan.
  • The zoo staff always found him as a very disciplined and wise animal.
  • Was fond of ground nuts and ice cream.

A lonely Mangal

  • His mate Dua, a female orangutan, was brought here in 1995
  • She died at the age of 34 in 2005.
  • Mangal became lonely after the death of Dua.

Zoo staff is grieved

  • The entire zoo staff in Kanpur was grieved over his death.
  • An autopsy was done on his body before cremating him.

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