Ah Meng is dead. It even made front page news in the local papers. How cool is that?
As long as I could remember, we always had Ah Meng. Ah Meng, the grand dame of orangutans, has for many years until her retirement, been the mascot and unofficial icon of the Singapore Zoo -- and by that extension, of Singapore. In some odd way, she was Family.
I vote we scrap that awful Merlion and adopt the Orangutan as our national symbol instead. An orangutan is way cooler than a hybrid creature vomiting water.
[Full article here.]
Yes, I know my posts are getting weird. It's that kind of day.
They wrote this at the end:
Ah Meng died on Friday. The cause of death is thought to be old age. She was said to have been nearly 95 in human terms.
She had five children and is also survived by her partner Charlie and six grandchildren.
Her first companion Rodney died in 1987 from diabetes complications. Her second relationship, with Pusung, ended when he was sent to an Adelaide zoo for a breeding programme in 2000.
Ah Meng survived two husbands? Good for you, girl!
I like how the obituary reads like it could have been written for an actual human.
That's respect for primates, man!