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. shocker

    The fact that CNN is covering stories like this should be on the RedicuList.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • olefin8

      this is news and cnn is a news network. nobody forced you to click on the link

      July 27, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • E

      They cover it because people are clicking and reading. You just added to the number, thereby encouraging them to have more stories like this.

      July 27, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • CNN President Resigns

      CNN is a communist propaganda tool of the Democrats and their leader has resigned in disgrace after terrible ratings:

      “CNN needs new thinking,” Walton wrote in a note to staff this morning.

      July 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dr.Greenthumb

    It would be hilarious if someone threw him a blunt full of weed.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • smb04d


      July 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter Williams

      You brightened my day up Dr.Greenthumb. Hilarious. I taught a horse to smoke once.

      July 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • cb

      what a superficial sense of humor you have (coming from a smoker)

      July 28, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      Pathetic. The animal could get lung cancer or some other disease. Then, they would have to euthanize it. Is that funny?

      July 28, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • scott bleyle

      Next they take away his alcohol and wonder why he tore someone's face off.

      July 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. But I didn't...

    No, having taken Bill Clinton lessons, she's not inhaling.

    July 27, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |

    Leave him alooooone!!!!

    July 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • nosferatu

      Actually, isn't it a HER?

      Typical, it's ALWAYS the man's fault.

      July 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. melitta

    i love any writing in cnn, godo bless you all

    July 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hope

    Bet Red's furious!

    Puff, puff...



    July 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    A number of years ago, while traveling in Thailand, I saw a pickup truck coming back from harvesting coconuts. The Thai frequently use orangutans to do the havesting; they climb the palms and throw the coconuts to their humans on the ground. Anyway, sitting in the bed of the truck was an orangutan, smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer – just like his human companions.

    July 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      ... well, you know what I mean.

      In a hateful, racist kinda way.

      (but, not his)

      I think Carpe is his F/P name.
      Jealous Carpe, the Clown, My Time

      Put you, here...

      July 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott bleyle

      thank God for life's little pleasures.

      July 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bluejeans

    Sounds like the citizens of Jakarta don't really deserve to have a zoo. Send the animals elsewhere & close the facility.

    July 28, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. cm

    they got room for me too? quitting cigs is TOUGH!

    July 28, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. wildone

    The picture of her looks like your typical cigarette smoker.

    July 28, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Russ

    As a human being on this fragile planet, you should have a more enlightened view. Animals do not exist for our entertainment. They deserve habitats where man can't affect them and they do not interact us, thus preserving their natural behavior, and allowing them to live the lives which they evolved to live. Uneducated people like to project human behaviors and values on them. That is a mistake. There is much you can learn from animals by observing them in their natural state in the natural environment.

    July 28, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope


      There was an article a couple days ago about how many Polar Bear Canada kill. If a speices is extinct should tell you to leave them alone. Fire your gun up in the air... they run away. They know home is North.

      Anyway, theres a new bill regarding to protecting them


      July 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. trekie70

    This is very sad for this animal. Orangutans are quite smart and I'm not surprised Tori learned to imitate the zoo visitors. Smoking is a horrible habit. I only hope Tori can be weaned off of the nicotine before any permanent damage is done.

    July 28, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. panda

    looks like a nice fella I could smoke with

    July 29, 2012 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. long john

    oh I thought this was about Obama

    July 29, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. soap

    another chain smoking orangutan living in white house is doing fine so far so this one will be doing fine too

    July 29, 2012 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
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