/Indonesian orangutan caught puffing on zoo customer's cigarette

Indonesian orangutan caught puffing on zoo customer's cigarette

BANDUNG – Indonesia can now add a smoking orangutan to its roster of nicotine addicts.

A video taken on Sunday (Mar 4) reveals the beast choosing up a cigarette butt that was flicked into its zoo enclosure by a customer after which puffing away on it like a professional.

The pictures of 22-year-old Bornean orangutan Ozon on the zoo in Bandung, about 150 kilometres (93 miles) southeast of Jakarta, promptly went viral.

This not the primary time {that a} zoo orangutan has been caught sneaking a smoke in Indonesia, which has an abysmal file of animal safety and one of many world’s highest smoking charges.

In 2012 an excellent ape at one other zoo turned a nicotine addict after choosing up butts, and needed to be pressured to give up chilly turkey.

A Bandung zoo spokesman on Wednesday mentioned that whereas the incident was regrettable, it has employees to protect the animal enclosures.

However the officer accountable could have been within the toilet on the time, he added.

“There’s truly an indication on the location which says guests usually are not allowed to offer meals and cigarettes to the animals,” mentioned spokesman Sulhan, who like many Indonesians goes by one title.

Animal activists condemned the customer’s actions however mentioned it underlined the poor state of Indonesia’s zoos.

“Weak management by zoo administration additionally must be addressed,” mentioned Marison Guciano, founding father of the Indonesia Animal Welfare Society.

“However the root of the issue is that we should not have animal welfare requirements at zoos. Nearly all zoos are in poor situation … from the cages and feeding must the animals’ well being.”

Final yr, activists demanded the closure of Bandung zoo after skeletal sun bears were pictured begging for food from guests and consuming their very own dung.

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