PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A kangaroo named Paul has become the oldest living tree kangaroo in the country.
Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence says the Matschie's tree kangaroo turned 23 years, three months and four days old on Friday.
The zoo says it knows of no other male tree kangaroo to reach this age anywhere.
Paul has good genes. His mother lived to age 27 at the zoo in Miami.
To celebrate, Paul may get extra sweet potatoes, his favorite.
Paul retired two years ago so he's kept in a habitat that's closed to the public.
The zoo says Matschie's tree kangaroos are native to Papua New Guinea and live to about 8 years old in the wild or 14 years old in captivity.
Me Here: I swear that face reminds me of some politician but I just can't seem to put a name with the face.
What is the advantage to keeping an old tree kangaroo in a habitat closed to the public?
Operating a zoo is an expensive business, with environmental control, medical care for the animals, healthy diets for each kind of animal, etc. I would think the celebrity status of the oldest captive kangaroo might bring in more money (perhaps post-cards with your picture phot0shopped in, or other sourvenirs).
Keeping the old fellow from being stressed would be one consideration . Modern zoos do a lot more than making money and entertaining joe public , like survival of an endangered species just one of their aims .
Good grief. Survival instincts tend to overcome unhappiness in animals.
What's that Skippy? Happy birthday to who?
NOT everything is about money. Paul deserves a good retirement.