Charlie the Chimp
Charlie the Chimp at his zoo in Bloemfontein, South Africa:
For years Zhora the chimp lived the life of a carny: no real home, a different town every night, and a life of filled vice and temptation. But during his time on the road Zhora maintained his body and stayed away from the booze and cigarettes. It wasn’t until he retired and was transfered to a zoo in the southern Russian city of Rostov that he picked up his bad habits.
Perhaps it was to block the wanderlust that every carny has in their soul or maybe it was to dull the monotony of settling down and starting a family. Whatever the reason Zhora spent his days at the zoo making babies with his new large harem, getting wasted off half filled beers zoo visitors would throw in his enclosure and begging for cigs to satisfy his new nicotine addiction, his “monkey on his back”. It wasn’t until 2010 that his Russian keepers decided to send him to the city of Kazan, about 800 km (500 miles) east of Moscow, for rehabilitation treatment. Good luck little chimp … good luck.
China has a very conservative culture and up until quite recently most marriages were prearranged by the bride and grooms’ guardians. Such was the case with Feili the chimp who was paired with a male 28 years her senior, who much to her disdain was unable “to meet her sexual demands”. Irritable, always on the edge with no one to satisfy her animal desires Feili turned to the nicotine. Zoo visitors at the Zhengzhou Animal Park in the Henan province throw cigarettes to her and in a remarkable show of how advanced chimps are Feili uses various tools, like sticks and ropes, in her enclosure to get the already lit cigarettes that are just outside the enclosure inner fence.
In the heedy days of the late 80s Ai Ai a chimp from a safari park in the Shaanxi province, north-west China lost her mate. Depressed at her loss the Chinese zoo staff thought it would be a great idea if she had something to get her out of her funk. What better way to get out of the pit of depression but smoking! So it went for the next 16 years before staff worried about her health cut her off cold turkey and substituting the sweet taste of nicotine with mouth watering food and more time out of her cage. Her keeper remarked “In the first few days, she squealed for cigarettes every now and then, but as her life became more colourful, she gradually forgot about them altogether.”
Shirley an adult female orangutan at the Johor Zoo in Malaysia took up smoking after endless days stuck in her antiquated pit-like cage. Visitors to the zoo throw her cigarettes that are already lit. But in a remarkable display of orangutan (the other smart monkey) intelligence, Shirley uses the still smoking buts to light other unlit cigarettes in her cage!
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Wow…this is crazy. Reminds me of that like Indonesian baby that’s 2 and smokes like 2 packs a day. What is our world coming to?
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It reminds me of a trip I took to a place called Costa Azul in Mexico. Down the beach from our hotel was a restaurant that had a monkey who just sat around all day drinking. People would buy him beer, tequila, whatever. He was a grumpy old thing and didn’t look so very well.
This made me laugh. The chimps’ reasons for smoking, altho conjecture, are the same as humans’! I can imagine some animal rights people getting mad about people throwing cigs at them, and it does seem kinda creepy. Still, this is pretty funny.
Agreed! But those animal rights people are on a spectrum, so no matter what, some will get upset. [the more extremists]
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That is too funny, I’m sure they figured out it was a good way to waste time when they were bored, and I know being in a Zoo 24/7 as an animal would definitely be a little too much, but I would think getting them out more would help out.
This is not funny! It’s horrifying and animal abuse. Humans usually have a choice before they start smoking or doing any other drug, and they have conscious reasoning. However, animals don’t have that and they cannot seek help, get therapy to ween them out of their addiction. I used to work in substance abuse clinical research (cigarettes, cocaine, meth and MJ) for years…seeing the sad, deteriorated state of these patients… This is just not ethical.
Weird, why would people throw cigs at animals! Lit and unlit???Imagine therapy needed for animals because of people? Cheeesh! Unbelievable!
I don’t want to get all ‘ginger’ on you, mate, but that’s right out of order.
We seem to get a real kick out of taking the piss out of primates by anthropomorphising them and calling it cute, but filling an animal’s lungs with smoke so we can have a laugh isn’t nice.
Perhaps you could post few a photos of the zoo keepers having bananas stuffed where the sun don’t shine to balance thing up a bit?
This is such a sad story. I recently saw a documentary about a chimp that belonged to the late Michael Jackson. Then his sister went to visit the chimp, and it was simply heartbreaking.
Interesting but sad. Maybe smoking is a stress reliever for these apes kept from their natural habitat and constantly watched by strangers. I think it is irresponsible of the keepers to allow this to continue until they have apes suffering from lung cancer.
I know of people who like to smoke pot and think it’s cute and OK to get their animals high. I once saw a man walking a bulldog that was smoking a cigar. As far as I’m concerned it’s animal abuse.
Shirley the orangutan definitely looks like she is smoking a blunt. I guess the stress of being stuck in that cage for all of those years has pushed her to Marijuana.
This is great though. Chimps and orangutans are a big win in my book.
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the human race is hell-bent on taking the earth and all other living being down with it.
It more like a human.ฺีBeware the cancer.
Wow! I had no idea this was going on.
Been going on for years. When I was a kid, in Perth, Western Australia,we had a cigar smoking gorilla in our zoo.
We feed them, give them a safe place to live, give them free medicals, give them free dental and then give them the chance to ruin the quality of life by supplying drugs.
Sounds exactly what we do to our own kids by dropping drinking and driving age limits, to the exact time when they need it the least. i.e.’The development years where hormones and peer group pressure influence decisions.’
Yep, once again, ‘being human is definitely NOT mean being humane or smart’.
Or what we do to our own kids by feeding them a bunch of products made of corn syrup only, or giving them soda, or bringing them to fast food joints, or allowing them to play video games and watch tv all day, etc.
I remember seeing this somewhere else. Smoking chimp. Crazy.
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Kepp up the wierd posts like that…hahaha its funny
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i missspelled it. I wanted to say:
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if you’re really interested…
it was to respond to “lawyergal” and her extremist post…
Thanks for correcting me and calling me spam…lol
I have to agree, rereading me was hard. We’ll say its because im french, ok?
Not even remotely funny.
It’s funny.Good job.
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Monkey needs a spanking…..
this is just sad 😦
I don’t know if I should laugh or be sad. Both I suppose.
I posted the comment about spam because this happens often on my blog. Your reply has this anchor text
as a link, which when clicked, at the time, went to a website design company. It now goes to an error page. So this was due to a misspelling and what you meant to type was the following?
I apologize, silly me, for not somehow managing to figure out that the first was actually meant to be the latter. My bad.
yeah my bad really, too french for this but I got better in 5 years, hahaha