Vicky the Blackpool Zoo orangutan with birthday party guest Stuart Baxter in 1985.

In pictures: The life of Blackpool Zoo's beloved orangutan Vicky

Blackpool Zoo has today announced the death of its popular orangutan Vicky at the age of 34.

We have taken a look back through the archives at her life, spanning four decades, countless winning smiles and two pioneering surgical procedures. You can read the zoo's touching tribute here.

Vicky had pioneering double surgery for her sinusitis and to repair her air sacs in 2015.

5. Another first

Vicky had pioneering double surgery for her sinusitis and to repair her air sacs in 2015.
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Jacqui Shepherd (then Clarkson) and son Adam with Vicky at Blackpool Zoo in 1984

6. From the archives

Jacqui Shepherd (then Clarkson) and son Adam with Vicky at Blackpool Zoo in 1984
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Vicky pictured after her successful double surgery in 2015

7. Successful surgery

Vicky pictured after her successful double surgery in 2015
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Vicky the Blackpool Zoo orangutan with birthday party guest Stuart Baxter in 1985

8. A young Vicky in 1985

Vicky the Blackpool Zoo orangutan with birthday party guest Stuart Baxter in 1985
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