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Smoking orangutan brings more heat on Indonesian ‘death zoo’

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An orangutan has been caught on video smoking a cigarette at an Indonesian zoo.
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A video of an orangutan smoking has brought more criticism for a zoo in Indonesia infamous for past animal welfare troubles.

In the video shot on 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.

Activist Marison Guciano said the smoking ape is further evidence of a lack of supervision and education at Bandung Zoo, south-west of Jakarta.

The man committed a crime but the privately owned zoo was mainly responsible because of its ignorance of supervision and education for visitors, he said.

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 petition calling for Bandung Zoo to be closed has nearly one million signatures.

“We very much regret that such a thing happened,” Zoo spokesman Sulhan Syafi’I said, adding the incident was reported to police.