Published: Thu, October 20, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Smoking chimp at North Korean zoo 'does not inhale'

Smoking chimp at North Korean zoo 'does not inhale'

Pyongyang Central Zoo is attracting thousands of daily visitors who appear to be in awe of the smoking chimpanzee, The Guardian reported.

According to officials at the Central zoo in Pyongyang, which has been criticised for animal cruelty in the past, the 19-year-old female chimpanzee Azalea, Dallae in Korean, smokes a pack a day.

"North Korea's capitol city of Pyongyang has opened a zoo and made the most popular attraction a smoking chimpanzee named Azalea, The Associated Press reports".

The North Koreans may be trying to replicate the fame of Charlie, the South African chimp, which was also an avid smoker.

They insist, however, she doesn't inhale.

The chimpanzee can use a lighter to light her own cigarettes, or spark up from a lit cigarette. It's hard to believe that Azalea can actually avoid inhaling cigarette smoke, considering how frequently she lights up.

The zoo has become a major new attraction due to a range of animals which have been trained to do various tricks including a basketball playing monkey that performs slam dunks and dogs apparently adding and subtracting on an abacus.

According to its official history, the zoo started off with only 50 badgers.

The zoo was opened in 1959 by Kim Il Sung, the nation's first leader, but his grandson and current leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, has updated it in a bid to increase its popularity as a leisure-time activity. Please see our terms of service for more information.

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