BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) — A South African zoo wants a chimpanzee to quit smoking cold turkey.
Keepers say Charlie the chimpanzee picked up the habit from visitors at the Bloemfontein Zoo who sometimes toss him lit cigarettes. (Related video: Smoking chimp)
"It looks funny to see a chimp smoking," a zoo spokesman said, but Charlie's trick could cost him his health.
The zoo is asking people to stop tossing cigarettes and contributing to the chimp's habit.
A zoo official says Charlie "acts like a naughty schoolboy" and hides his cigarettes when workers are around. Source