BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT
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.