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Umananda island’s lone golden langur died on Saturday, saddening the island inmates, tourists and devotees.

The exact reason for the death of the golden langur is yet to be ascertained, but conservationists believe prolonged loneliness and depression may have been prime reasons for the primate’s death.

Golden langurs have been living at the Umananda island, smallest inhabited river island of the world, for several years now even though the island is not suitable for the primate.

The island had a maximum population of golden langur some years back.

The numbers, however, reduced to only five in recent years.

In 2011, however, three of the primates were shifted to Assam State Zoo following the death of one of the primates.

Sources informed that the fifth golden langur, which died on Saturday, was the last one in the island as the forest officials could not catch it.

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