Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Smoking orangutan to be moved away from people

Tori, a smoking orangutan at Solo’s Taru Jurug Zoo, will soon be forced to kick the habit.

The Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) and zoo management are planning to move her, along with her partner, to a small island in the middle of the Central Java zoo’s lake to keep her away from zoo visitors who are enabling the ape by tossing cigarettes into her cage.

“We have proposed that the zoo place her on the island, in the middle of the lake, to keep her away from visitors,” Daniek Hendarto, coordinator of COP, told the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday.

Daniek said Tori learned how to smoke by imitating visitors taking puffs near her cage. Her parents were also smokers - Jakarta Globe