India’s lone orangutan ‘Binny’ dies at Nandankanan

Bhubaneswar: A 41-year-old female orangutan stated to be lone such species of the country died at the Nandankanan Zoological Park on Wednesday night following prolonged illness.

As per reports, the great ape named ‘Binny’ was undergoing treatment for old-age complications under the supervision of experts from the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, OUAT for last one year.

Three days earlier, she developed severe cold and old-age related respiratory tract issues. She died at around 9.40 pm yesterday.

The zoo authorities have said that the exact cause of death of the orangutan will be known after its post mortem today.

Orangutan Bini was brought to Nandankanan from Pune’s Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park in November 20, 2003 when she was 25 years old.

Experts opine that orangutans can sometimes live up to 45 years in the wild and even more in the zoos.