Smoking orangutan moves to island to kick habit
Before moving to her new island, Tori smokes a cigarette discarded by a zoo visitor.
July 26th, 2012
12:22 PM ET

Smoking orangutan moves to island to kick habit

Call it an orangutan detox facility.

It's an island in the middle of a lake in Indonesia's Taru Jurug Zoo, and it's where Tori, the smoking orangutan, will be spending her days.

The 13-year-old primate picked up the habit by grabbing still-burning butts discarded in her enclosure by zoo visitors and imitating their actions, zoo officials told the Jakarta Globe.

Signs warned against the practice, but zoo visitors paid no heed, the zoo's director, Lilik Kristianto, told the Globe.

“A common problem for zoos in Indonesia are naughty visitors,” the director is quoted as saying. “Although there are sign prohibiting them from giving food or cigarettes to the animals, they keep on doing it. It is not rare that visitors even hurt the animals.”

Besides keeping puffing visitors at a safe distance, the island will have other advantages over the concrete cage Tori has called home at the zoo in Solo.

“Tori can climb five big trees on the island. This might be the best orangutan enclosure in Indonesia,” the zoo director is quoted as saying.

Tori isn't alone on the island. A male, Didik, has joined her.

But Didik has no need for rehab. While Tori would puff on the butts, Didik used to stamp them out, the Globe reported.

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  1. LEVI

    Nothing worse that a stoned orangutan

    July 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jh1289

    Poor creature. It doesn't know that to imitate people is probably the dumbest thing it could have done.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andy

    That is disgusting and pathetic. Give the man a real cigarette and a lighter, dont reduce him to picking already smoked ones on the ground

    July 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • AIC

      What man? The story is about a female orangutan.

      July 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leonardo

      you mean ape

      July 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. firehazard

    Give a chimp a break. What else has he got to do. Besides, we can now use him for cancer studies. I am concerned that he might fall asleep with a lit cig. That's a lot of hair to catch on fire.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    Well, can't really blame him... if I were locked in a concrete cage my whole life I'd probably smoke also... poor thing

    July 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. blam

    Switch her over to monkey medicinal.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. FedUpWithLA

    Didn't I see this orangutan on "Celebrity Primate Rehab"?

    July 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Oakstave

    You know what really helps kick the smoking habit? Heroin.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That is so wrong on so many levels...but it cracked me up anyway...

      July 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • thanksforthetip

      Wow. Didn't know that. Thanks. As a smoker who has tried to quit any advice is helpful. Off to my dealer.

      July 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • x

      so true...

      July 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Smukers

    Indonesians are Muslim. Why are they smoking?

    July 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • quickerdeath

      Because they live there and are muslim. I would look for ways to kill myself as well.

      July 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. literate

    This is a form of animal abuse. I would shut that zoo down. It's their job to protect the animals, not subject them to disgusting human habits like smoking. Poor thing.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • nosferatu

      Yeah, that's a great thought. Shut the zoo down. Then just let the orangutans run wild until they're killed for some idiot asian that will use their body parts for an aphrodisiac.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tony

    I say let him smoke. We can all agree that he looks really sophisticated.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hope

    Mama, Mama, Look! It's a smokin' monkey!!!

    Move along, Dear, monkeys are a hazard to your health.
    Besides, if it gets mad, it's sure to change your



    This means you, Mr. Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!

    July 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tony

    What's her brand?

    July 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PeterD

    BO can go home and join the Brother to kick the habit together.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cupcake 21

    I never know that animals con do this .!!!! 😦

    July 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
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