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Colchester Zoo’s Most Famous Orangutan Rajan Has Passed Away!

Today is a very sad day as Colchester Zoo have announced their one of their most loved animals Rajan the orangutan has sadly passed away.

Rajan’s health was slowly going down hill over a number of months as he suffered from extremely bad arthritis and the staff decided to put him to sleep.

The lovely orangutan who has been at the zoo since 1980 was 50 years-old- and loved interacting with members of the public thought the glass and he made the press world wide on a number of occasions with his love for pregnant womens bellies and tattoos.

Colchester zoo relesed a stateent and have said:

“We are aware that there are many visitors that have grown up knowing Rajang and who visited him regularly. To ensure we capture all of your beautiful memories we are going to site a special book at Orangutan Forest where we kindly ask you to write your fondest memories of Rajang.Rajang has been one of the most amazing ambassadors for his species which is so vitally important especially right now with the effect of deforestation which is reducing the number of orangutans in the wild.Sleep tight Rajang, you will be missed but never forgotten”.


Colchester Zoo Visitors Left In Shock After Vulture Is Killed By Lion Infront Of Visitors

Members of the public at Colchester Zoo have been left in shock after a much loved vulture flew out of the display ground and onto the netting of the Lion enclosure and found hole where it flew into the enclosure and was killed by a female lion.

Tourist watched the drama unfold at the Zoo in Essex and even saw the bird be killed by a lioness.

Yatsey was still alive when the keepers managed to get into the enclosure and get her out but sadly she died on the way to the vets in the back of the car.

Yatsey suffered a puncture wound when one of the zoo’s lionesses bit him during the attack.

A member of the public said to Ipswich Star:

‘It’s a bit unbelievable, really. We were watching the falcon display and the trainer said, we’re going to have to try something different with the vulture today because the winds are blowing in a different direction.
‘Obviously, the vulture didn’t do what they hoped it would do because it just carried on flying off and you could hear the trainer saying, ‘Where’s he going? Where’s he going?’

Another visitor has said:

‘Me and my family witnessed this yesterday and I have to say the team at Colchester zoo were fantastic in clearing the area of visitors and attending to the situation straight away.’

Colhester Zoo have relesed a statement saying:

‘We are very saddened to report that on Sunday 4th February Eurasion Griffon Vulture Yatsey passed away.

‘Yatsey was free flying during one of our educational bird displays when he diverted from his usual course and landed on the netted roof above the lion’s enclosure, instinctively, one of the lioness’ caught Yatsey.

‘Keepers acted quickly and effectively to get the lions into their inside enclosure to prevent them from causing further harm.

‘Yatsey was swiftly retrieved by keepers and after an initial examination Yatsey had sustained a puncture wound which looked treatable and keepers were confident he would pull through with veterinary treatment.

‘However, following the situation Yatsey had experienced, on the journey to the vets Yatsey sadly passed away from shock.

‘The netting used above the lion’s outdoor area is designed to stop birds from landing within the enclosure, this is not designed as a security feature, we can confirm that at no point was the safety and security of the lion’s enclosure compromised.

‘We would like to thank visitors for their understanding and cooperation whilst keepers worked to retrieve Yatsey.

So sad!

Orangutan Does Magic Trick At Colchester Zoo

Orangutan Does Magic Trick At Colchester Zoo

He’s may be one of the most intelligent animals in the world but now Rajang the orangutan at Colchester Zoo can add magic to the long list of things that he’s good at.

Rajang who hit the headlines last year after he kissed a pregnant woman’s belly though the glass has now been taking part in a magic trick at the zoo. CLICK HERE

Magician Matty G did a car trick what saw him hold a playing card to the window while Rajang watched.

Then Rajang hit the window with the stick for then the card to move onto the inside of the window as he pulled if off to smell it.

The moment was filmed by the zoo and uploaded to their Facebook page.

Make sure you check it out below.

Ed Sheeran Visits Colchester Zoo

Ed Sheeran Visits Colchester Zoo

Ed Sheeran has taken some time out of his music making to spend time with his goddaughter as he took her to Colchester Zoo. The singer went to the Zoo in Essex on Saturday and shared a photo on Instagram of him with his goddaughter, Tyler, on his shoulders. Along with the photo above Ed said: ‘Thanks to all the staff at Colchester zoo who made Tyler’s 4th birthday amazing…

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