Orangutan caught on camera smoking at an Indonesian zoo

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Orangutan caught on camera smoking at an Indonesian zoo

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This video frame grab taken on March 4, 2018 and released by the Indonesia Animal Welfare Society March 7 shows a Bornean orangutan named Ozon smoking a cigarette in its zoo enclosure in Bandung, about 150 kilometres southeast of Jakarta. Indonesia can now add a smoking orangutan to its roster of nicotine addicts. A video taken on March 4 shows the hairy creature picking up a cigarette butt that was flicked into its zoo enclosure by a visitor and then puffing away on it like a pro. / AFP PHOTO / Indonesia Animal Welfare Society / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /INDONESIA ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS    A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == NO ARCHIVE HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images
A Bornean orangutan named Ozon smoking a cigarette in its zoo enclosure in Bandung, about 150 kilometres southeast of Jakarta, Indonesia.

JAKARTA, Indonesia â€" An Indonesian zoo infamous for mistreatment of animals is being slammed again by activists after a video emerged of one of its orangutans smoking.

Activist Marison Guciano said Wednesday the smoking great ape is further evidence of a lack of supervision and education at Bandung Zoo, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of the capital, Jakarta.

In the video shot Sunday, a young man flicks his half-smoked cigarette into the primate’s enclosure. It’s picked up by the reddish-brown primate, who expertly puffs on it to laughter from the crowd.

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Guciano said the man committed a crime but the privately owned zoo is mainly responsible because of its ‘‘ignorance of supervision and education for visitors.’’

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The zoo has repeatedly made headlines for starving and sick animals. It was temporarily closed in 2016 after a Sumatran elephant that died was found to have bruises on its body.

A change.org petition calling for Bandung Zoo to be closed has nearly 1 million signatures. Visitors who review the zoo on TripAdvisor describe a dirty facility and sadness and anger at seeing the condition of the animals.

Zoo spokesman Sulhan Syafi’I said ‘‘we very much regret that such a thing happened’’ and the incident was reported to police.

Signs at the zoo warn visitors to not feed animals or give them cigarettes, he said.

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Substandard conditions are common at Indonesian zoos and Guciano blamed the government for being slow in establishing animal welfare standards.

Source: Google News Indonesia | Netizen 24 Indonesia

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