Friday, August 26, 2005

The Reality of Zoo Life: Chinese Try to Get Chimp to Quit Smoking

This is not a humorous posting (though it seems the writer thinks it is). Just another on the reality of zoo life. Perhaps if she wasn't in a zoo in the first place she wouldn't be smoking.

From: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050826/
ap_on_fe_st/smoking_chimp

Chinese Try to Get Chimp to Quit Smoking

Fri Aug 26, 7:02 AM ET

The handlers of a smoking chimpanzee in a zoo in northwest China are trying to get her to kick the habit.

The 26-year-old female chimpanzee has been smoking for 15 years. Her mate died recently, which caused her to smoke even more.

Now, the chimp's keepers are worried about her health as a result of her intense smoking. So, they're trying to give her milk instead of cigarettes.

She started smoking years ago by picking up butts from tourists.

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