Friday, February 26, 2010

Chimp sent to rehab for booze & smoking abuse

This post is dedicated to Jocko in Redding!

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian chimpanzee has been sent to rehab by zookeepers to cure the smoking and beer-drinking habits he has picked up, a popular daily reported on Friday.

An ex-performer, Zhora became aggressive at his circus and was transferred to a zoo in the southern Russian city of Rostov, where he fathered several baby chimps, learned to draw with markers and picked up his two vices.

"The beer and cigarettes were ruining him. He would pester passers-by for booze," the Komsomolskaya Pravda paper said.

It added he has now been transferred to the city of Kazan, about 500 miles east of Moscow, for rehabilitation treatment.

(Reporting by Tanya Ustinova, writing by Amie Ferris-Rotman)

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1 comment:

Tom Sebourn said...

In Russia they get to smoke at the zoo and have alcohol as they passer by? Oh the days of going to the zoo with a stogie and a bottle of Old Bushmills.