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Zoo wants Chimp to stop smoking

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  1. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Apr 15, 2005 — JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African zoo is trying to persuade its star chimpanzee to kick a bad smoking habit.

    Charlie, a grown male chimp and the Bloemfontein Zoo, has been picking up cigarettes thrown to him by visitors and smoking them — a habit he probably picked up by observing humans, zoo officials told the SAPA news agency on Thursday.

    "Baby chimps pick up habits by mimicking adults and we think he started mimicking smokers at his enclosure which probably led to smokers throwing him cigarettes," spokesman Daryl Barnes told SAPA.



    Barnes said Charlie was already showing the signs of a true nicotine addict.

    "He even acts like a naughty schoolboy by hiding the cigarette when staff approach the area," Barnes said, adding that the zoo was determined to help him quit.

    Barnes said the most important thing was that people stop providing Charlie with cigarettes or any other treats, noting the chimp already had three bad teeth because of all the cans of sweet soft drinks that people throw at him.

    Charlie is not the only smoking chimpanzee. A zoo in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou reported last year that one of its chimps had taken up smoking and was desperately bumming cigarette butts off visitors
  2. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    So how do they get him to stop? The patch? Nicotine gum?...Should the chimp go to Smoker's Anonymous?:D

    Do they have monkey dentists? Maybe the chimp w/the cavities can get fillings?:D
  3. Hoov

    Hoov Senior Member

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    That is too funny. I wonder what else visitors could slide him. lol
  4. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I can't stop laughing long enough to reply :lmao:
  5. CowboyPrincess

    CowboyPrincess Priceless

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    If the chimp quits.... I'll quit

    :grin2:
  6. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I don't believe you. :p:
  7. k19

    k19 Active Member

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    I was thinking the same thing to myself. If Bonzo can quit so can I
  8. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Ahh...another person I don't believe lol
  9. k19

    k19 Active Member

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    I'd quit now but then I'd have nothing to do at work all day, darn Government jobs :D
  10. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    So you guys hang around zoos bumming cigs off visitors?:D
  11. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Some jobs make you feel like you are in a zoo lol.
  12. Hoov

    Hoov Senior Member

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    mine is more like a circus
  13. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Don't I know it...;)
  14. k19

    k19 Active Member

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    Naw we hang out at zoos and bum off the chimps. Zoos, aquariums, carnivals, offramps all the same for a bum


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  15. TruBlueCowboy

    TruBlueCowboy New Member

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    You smokers know where you can go now if you need to bum a quick one. ;)
  16. CowboyPrincess

    CowboyPrincess Priceless

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    Nah, we hang around zoo's bumming cigs off the chimps
  17. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    After hanging with TB a zoo is probably a breath of fresh air :D
  18. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Unless they're down wind from the elephants.:p:
  19. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    That probably still smells better than TB
  20. CowboyPrincess

    CowboyPrincess Priceless

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    Now THAT is funny

    LMAO

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