06 Jul '12, 2pm

Indonesia to help smoking orangutan kick the habit

JAKARTA (Indonesia) - Tori is a teenager with a bad habit. The 15-year-old orangutan has been smoking cigarettes at an Indonesian zoo for a decade, but she is about to go cold turkey. Zookeepers said today that they plan to move Tori away from visitors who regularly throw lit cigarettes into her cage so they can watch and photograph her puffing away and flicking ashes on the ground. The primate mimics human behaviour, holding cigarettes casually between her fingers while taking long drags and blowing bursts of smoke out her nostrils to the delight of visitors. Taru Jurug Zoo director Lili Krisdianto said the move was aimed to protect four endangered orangutans at the 14-hectare zoo in the Central Java town of Solo. Results of a medical test are expected tomorrow to determine how much Tori's smoking has affected her health, said Dr Hardi Baktiantoro of the Borneo-based Cent...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC120706-0000147/Indone...

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Indonesia to help smoking orangutan kick the habit

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