26 August 2005

Chimp Has Monkey-like Addiction to Smoking

Since we've already done one post anthropomorphizing primates this week, we figured we might as well do another.

A chimp in a Chinese zoo can't give up her ciggs. The 26-year-old chimp has been smoking for 15 years, and it only got worse when her mate died, recently (doesn't it always!). She started smoking by picking up dropped stoags from zoo visitors. Her keepers are trying to get her to quit by giving her milk. Yes, milk. Apparently these keepers haven't heard of Nicorette.

We have to admit, we kind of hope she keeps it going and has to get one of those voice boxes. Can you imagine a chimp shrieking through a voice box, smoking Virginia Slims through a hole in her throat? Adorable!

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