Sumatran orangutan with risks of going into extinction, died after birthing a stillborn infant in Adelaide Zoo, South Australia, on Friday.
“The 34-year-old orangutan went into labour on Thursday night and died just hours after giving birth.
“The exact cause of death would not be known until a full post-mortem was complete.”
“Staff and volunteers are deeply saddened by this loss, which marks a heartbreaking end to an unexpected pregnancy,’’ a zoo official said.
The Sumatran Orangutan Was Placed On Contraception
The zoo official mentioned that the birth was not planned, since the orangutan was on contraception, but nature intervened and she fell pregnant.
“After careful consideration, we proceeded with the pregnancy because Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered in the wild,’’ the Zoo official noted.
The Sumatran orangutan, the rarer of the two species of orangutans, is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
According to IUCN Red List, they are critically endangered, mostly due to habitat loss.
The Science Advances journal, estimated them to number 14,613 in the wild.