41-Year-Old Binny, India’s Only Orangutan, Dies Of Prolonged Illness In Odisha Zoo

Binny, India’s only orangutan, died of old-age related ailments at Odisha’s Nandankanan Zoological Park. Binny was suffering from prolonged illness followed by respiratory tract infection and died she breathed her last on 29 May 2019.

She was also suffering from pouch wound in her throat. Binny was brought to Nandankanan Zoo from Pune’s Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park on November 20, 2003, when she was 25. She was brought to Pune from Singapore.

The normal lifespan of an orangutan is 40 years. The doctors refrained from using anesthesia to treat her. Orangutans are native to Indonesia and Malaysia and are currently found only in the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra.

For the past one year, Binny was under medical treatment by experts from the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry OUAT who were under constant advice of the orangutan experts from UK and Singapore. Binny had been living alone in her zoo enclosure since she was brought to Pune. The zoo authorities failed to arrange a male orangutan for her.

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