Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Zoo to Chimp: Kick the Habit!

A South African zoo is trying to persuade its star chimpanzee to kick a bad smoking habit:

"Baby chimps pick up habits by mimicking adults and we think he started mimicking smokers at his enclosure which probably led to smokers throwing him cigarettes," spokesman Daryl Barnes told SAPA [SAPA News Agency].
Read the story here. According to the report, the chimp is actually showing signs of nicotine addiction. Human interaction has forced addiction upon this innocent animal!

Oh man, just what do you say when one species is able to corrupt another one like this? Yeesh! Well, I guess it's a good thing that the chimps didn't have access to television. Can you imagine the affect that televised advertisments for smoking might have had?

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