Smoking orangutan will have to kick the habit

Smoking orangutan will have to kick the habit

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Smoking orangutan will have to kick the habit

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by Yahoo! News

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Posted on July 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM

(Yahoo! News) -- A zoo in Indonesia is launching a special program to help a 15-year-old orangutan kick the habit -- the smoking habit, that is.

According to an article on Yahoo! News, Tori began smoking by first imitating the people she saw with old cigarette butts.  Then, as visitors began throwing lit cigarettes into her enclosure, she developed the habit, which has lasted nearly 10 years.

The zoo is planning to move Tori to an island preserve to help her quit cold turkey before they examine whether her smoking habit has had any lasting health effects.

For more on the story, go to news.yahoo.com.

This article was written by Anna Washenko and originally appeared on Tecca.

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