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Smoking Orangutan Gets Better Life

Smoking Orangutan Gets Better Life

Proving that not all zoos care properly for their animals, one in Malaysia was allowing visitors to give cigarettes to an orangutan. Just recently an intervention by a state wildlife official halted the unhealthy practice by seizing the orangutan which will be sent to a wildlife center on Borneo soon. A zoo director said Shirley the orangutan is not addicted to cigarettes, but others said she seemed very agitated when she didn’t get them. Results from health exams are not available yet, so it isn’t clear how much the smoking impacted her health. Nor is it known how long she has been smoking.

Borneo and Sumatran orangutans are endangered. About eighty percent of their habitat has been destroyed through illegal and legal logging. Orangutans are orphaned when their mothers are killed by logging activities. The orphans sometimes wind up at wildlife centers. Also they can be captured for the illegal pet traded. Some orangutans have sold for $50,000 in Europe, but who buys them, knowing the parents were killed in order to capture the baby?

It isn’t clear what Shirley’s history is, but certainly her life worsened every time she came into contact with the bad actors around her. She is believed to be about twenty years old, and may live to the age of sixty in captivity.

Orangutans are fascinating creatures for many reasons. They can identify and eat over 300 fruits. Also the are the most energy-efficient primates.

They might be driven into extinction by logging and conversion of their habitat to palm oil farms. If you want to help save orangutans,don’t purchase any food or personal care products containing palm oil.


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9:35PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Bless her and hope its a happy ending, thank you.

9:33PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Bless her and hope its a happy ending, thank you.

9:32PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012


5:41AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

a happy ending

5:41AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

a happy ending

6:11AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Les grands singes sont des animaux fascinants, j'espère qu'ils vont pouvoir survivrent aux humains malveillants.

4:31AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

I hope Shirley's health wasn't too badly damaged. How can people give cigarettes to an animal? People never cease to amaze me!

2:41AM PDT on May 27, 2012

It's incredible to see an animal doing things that humans do, that she would even know how to smoke it is crazy.

2:31AM PDT on May 27, 2012

For crying out loud, cigarettes to orangutans? Poor animal

12:13PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Thanks for posting!

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