Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Lifestyle -

BAD weather might have put a damp­ener on Hs­ing Hs­ing’s 40th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion, but boxes filled with nuts and fruit still went down a treat with Perth Zoo’s much-loved orang-utan.

The al­pha male, recog­nised by his dreadlocks and loud vo­cal call, was doted on by keep­ers who lured him down from the tree tops to present him with gifts on his big day on June 21.

Se­nior pri­mate keeper Kylie Bullo said the av­er­age life span for orang-utans in the wild was 35 to 40 years and Hs­ing Hs­ing was do­ing well for his age.

“He suf­fers from di­a­betes, but he is a very in­tel­li­gent an­i­mal and has been trained to present his arm so we can give him in­sulin and check his glu­cose lev­els daily,” she said.

Hs­ing Hs­ing was born at Sin­ga­pore Zoo be­fore mov­ing to Perth as a teenager to be a part of Perth Zoo’s Su­ma­tran Orang­utan breed­ing pro­gram.

Ms Bullo said he had fa­thered five of Perth Zoo’s orang-utans, in­clud­ing Te­mara, who in 2006 was the first zoo-born orang­utan to be re­leased back into the wild.

“He’s cer­tainly done us proud and is a very spe­cial mem­ber of the Perth Zoo fam­ily,” she said.

Perth Zoo's much loved orang-utan Hs­ing Hs­ing cel­e­brated his 40th birth­day re­cently.

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