Really Bad Habits.

Hi,

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Did you hear the one about the chimp that was being kept in a Lebanese zoo.

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Six months ago an animal rights group had discovering him there.

Visitors had been throwing lighted cigarettes through the bars of his cage as he was addicted to smoking, and they found it amusing to see him do it.

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The 12 year old chimp chimp, called Omega, had an unfortunate past.

When he was young he had been kept by the owners of a restaurant, who had made him learn to smoke cigarettes and serve hookahs, to the amusemant of the customers.

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When he grew too strong to be safely controlled they passed him on to the zoo where he lived for the next ten years in a small cage.

He now weighs approx 132 lbs (60kg)

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When ‘Animal Lebanon’ discovered what was happening they began to do something about the situation.

This has resulted in him being transfered to a Brazilian animal sanctuary in San Paulo.

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In this new home he will be able to mix with other monkeys and there is an enclosure where he will finally be able to learn to play.

It will be the first time he has actually seen others of his kind, which will be quite a surprise for him

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The only problem to be faced now, is that Omega ia addicted to smoking, in the same way that people are.

He is still smoking when he gets an opportunity to do so.

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Omega.

Perhaps he needs to be taught to chew nicotine gum now, rather than have to go cold turkey.

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Funnily enough this is not the first report about a chimpanzee who smokes.

A South African zoo in Bloemfontain also had an inhabitant with a smoking habit.

Charlie the chimp was found to have started smoking about 5 years ago after visitors began to throw him cigaretttes.
He picked them up and copied the visitors.
They kept on throwing him more because it was entertaining.

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He died last month at the grand old age of 52.

He was thought to have died of old age!

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Charlie.

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Anyway, let’s hope that Omega is happy in the new home he has been lucky enough to find.
J.
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