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. Bub

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

    Aww, now that's cute.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beadlesaz

      Kind of cute!

      July 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • blessedgeek

      "Didik" in Indonesian means learn.
      Declined further as "mendidik" means "teach".

      Check it out on Google translate.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. knute

    send hom to the whitehouse with the other smoker

    July 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia R

      President Obama no longer smokes, but I'm sure there's other who do.

      July 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Bush

      Is that an attack on the president? It doesn't even make sense.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jdodgeallen

    I'm just surprised the boob in the White House isn't paying for it.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia R

      That BOOB will be there for 4 more years!!!

      July 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      You that you told Omama about it I am sure he will fund the entire purchase of the island and give the chimp free medical care for life and probably food stamps as well. Then, since it is an island, he will probably give them foreign aid as well.

      July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brad76

    Let the thing smoke if it wants lol, they don't live that long anyhow.

    July 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wade

    They should just pop a cap in this sorry POS instead of spending good $$$ to transport his sorry butt to a detox facility.. I HATE ALL MONKY"S!!!!!

    July 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOYB

      Nice. Now I will really be impressed when you can actually SPELL monkey.

      July 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • cwtuckness

      what is your problem? i bet you have tons of ammo

      July 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paula

      Orangutans are NOT monkeys (can't even spell the name right). Look it up and see what they are and you'll be suprised how much like you are like them!

      July 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • nosferatu

      I'm sure your family feels the same way about you.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sam

    why dont they just enforce the rules at the zoo better? The orangutans arent going to 7eleven to buy smokes

    July 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sid

    Does he "lip it?

    July 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sid

    I hear they prefer "Kools".

    July 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dastreagus

    seems like a moat filled with water would extinguish the cigarette, or maybe a sprinkler along the fence. I seriously doubt the beautiful monkey would have a lighter.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AlphaJohn

    Leave it to morons to turn an article about a smoking orangutan into something political. Guess I'd be lying if I said I didn't see it coming.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeeeepers

    Not a monkey kids.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. foriegneconomy

    Actually, I'm impressed. First, Indonessians can afford cigs and secondly, they are throwing them away rather than making jewelry or houses out of them.

    July 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |

      Thats hilarious!!!

      July 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paula

    It's really irrating that human primates can't heed the rules of a zoo and not feed the animals. Like us, they can acquire diabetes and, like some of us, are on special diets. We are the culprits of our own demise.

    July 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©


    July 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      What the???


      July 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope


      Sounds like a lost sheep in a hail storm!


      Now, watch...

      July 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sebastian

      You can take million dollor baby.

      July 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Garamasala13

    He looks like keith richards

    July 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
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