Zoo Wants Chimpanzee To Stop Smoking Cigarettes
POSTED: 10:43 am CDT April 22, 2005
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa -- A South African zoo wants a chimp to go cold turkey.
The chimpanzee smokes cigarettes. Keepers said Charlie picked up the habit by watching smoking visitors. People toss him the smokes and he puffs away.
A spokesman at the Bloemfontein Zoo said, "it looks funny to see a chimp smoking" -- but Charlie's trick could cost him his health.
The zoo is asking people to stop tossing cigarettes and contributing to the chimp's habit.
A zoo official said Charlie "acts like a naughty schoolboy" and hides his cigarettes when workers are around.
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