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Happy birthday to the world's oldest orangutan and gorilla
Interestingly, a neighbor of his at the Frankfurt Zoo in Germany, Matze, also turns 50 today. He's a great ape who has fathered (only) 17 kids, many of whom are spread out across the world in other zoos. I'd like to think they've lived a long life because there's some sort of lively contest between the two--"I'm more fertile than you are!"
I'd like to use this chance to give a shout-out to the plight of the orangutans. Their species is predicted to die out within a decade or so because of habitat destruction on the one island they live on: Sumatra, in Southeast Asia. Help save them if you can, by perhaps adopting one?