North Korean zoo gives chimp a pack of cigarettes a day, says she doesn't inhale

A new zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea, is drawing thousands of visitors daily, thanks in part to its smoking chimpanzee, Dallae (or Azalea in English).

Zoo keepers, who claim the animal doesn’t inhale the smoke, give the 19-year-old female chimpanzee about a pack a day and a lighter, AP reports.

If Dallae doesn't have a lighter handy, she's learned how to ignite a fresh cigarette with the butt of an old one at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, according to the New York Daily News.

This isn't the only report of a smoking zoo chimp. Jia Ku, a 20-year-old chimp who lives at a zoo in China, has a smoking habit fueled by tourists, Mirror Onlinereports. Also, a chimp who died in 2010 was known for smoking cigarettes supplied by tourists against zoo keepers' wishes at a South African zoo. the BBC reports.

Cigarette smoking is responsible for 1,300 deaths every day in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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