Indonesian zoo moves orangutan to stop her smoking

July 26th, 2012 in Biology / Plants & Animals
In this Friday, July 6, 2012 file photo, Tori, a 15-year-old orangutan smokes a cigarette inside her cage at Satwa Taru Jurug zoo in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. Indonesian zookeepers have moved a female orangutan with a bad habit of smoking away from visitors who regularly throw lit cigarettes into her cage. Tori has been smoking cigarettes for a decade, mimicking human behavior by holding cigarettes casually between her fingers while visitors watch and photograph her puffing away and flicking ashes on the ground. (AP Photo)


In this Friday, July 6, 2012 file photo, Tori, a 15-year-old orangutan smokes a cigarette inside her cage at Satwa Taru Jurug zoo in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. Indonesian zookeepers have moved a female orangutan with a bad habit of smoking away from visitors who regularly throw lit cigarettes into her cage. Tori has been smoking cigarettes for a decade, mimicking human behavior by holding cigarettes casually between her fingers while visitors watch and photograph her puffing away and flicking ashes on the ground. (AP Photo)

(AP) — Indonesian zookeepers have moved an orangutan out of visitors' sight so she'll no longer smoke lit cigarettes people regularly throw into her cage.

Taru Jurug spokesman Daniek Hendarto said Thursday that Tori and her male companion, Didik, were moved Wednesday to a small island within the zoo. There are four endangered orangutans at the zoo in the Central Java town of Solo.

Tori, a 15-year-old orangutan plays inside her new cage at Satwa Taru Jurug zoo in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia, Thursday, July 26, 2012. Indonesian zookeepers have moved the female orangutan with a bad habit of smoking away from visitors who regularly throw lit cigarettes into her cage. Tori has been smoking cigarettes for a decade, mimicking human behavior by holding cigarettes casually between her fingers while visitors watch and photograph her puffing away and flicking ashes on the ground. (AP Photo)

The 15-year-old Tori has been smoking for a decade. She mimics humans by holding cigarettes casually between her fingers while visitors watch and photograph her puffing away and flicking ashes on the ground.

Hendarto said recent medical tests show the four primates are in good condition. The two other orangutans will be moved later to another island.

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