Houston Zoo’s orangutan Rudi dies at 45

At 45, Rudi is the oldest male orangutan in North America. He’s been at the Zoo since he was two months outdated.

HOUSTON — After celebrating his forty fifth birthday earlier this month, the oldest male orangutan in North America has died, in response to the Houston Zoo.

Editor’s word: The predominant video on this story is from Rudi’s birthday celebration.

The zoo posted to Facebook Wednesday:

“It is with nice unhappiness that we announce the passing of our beloved Zoo member of the family, Rudi Valentino, North America’s oldest male orangutan. He handed away just some days after turning 45. Rudi got here to the Houston Zoo in 1978 and over time, he received the hearts of numerous volunteers, friends, and employees together with his mild nature and clever character.

“Rudi had advanced heart disease, which is a common problem in adult male orangutans. Up until the time of his death, it was very well managed with careful monitoring and medications.”

He was born on Dec. 8, 1977, at the Gladys (*45*) Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, in response to the zoo. He arrived at the Houston Zoo in 1978. In 1991, Rudi moved to the Milwaukee Zoo and again to Houston in 1993.

For his birthday this month, his animal care staff gave him his favourite treats and sang “Happy Birthday”  to him! He loved all the eye from his keepers and foraging for treats.

Animal care professionals reported that Rudi was not displaying indicators of sickness main as much as his loss of life.

“Rudi was an incredible ambassador for his species,” stated Tarah Cornelius, director of animal care at the Houston Zoo. “Rudi will be deeply missed by all who knew him, and his memory will live on through the lives he touched and the important work he inspired. He will always be remembered as a beloved member of the Houston Zoo family.”

The zoo stated its animal care staff will keep watch over Rudi’s companion, Kelly, and the opposite remaining orangutans, Takai, Cheyenne, and Aurora, for indicators of grief.

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