Tuesday, October 04, 2005


She smoked like a Chimp-ney

Great news for smokers everywhere! A female chimpanzee in a Chinese zoo has managed to kick the habit after smoking for 16 years, Xinhua news agency reported.

Ai Ai, 27, first took up smoking after her mate died in 1989.

After a second spouse died in 1997 and her daughter was moved to another zoo, the broken-hearted chimp's health reportedly started deteriorating.

Zoo keepers say they are giving her mouth-watering food and playing pop music to improve her mood.

"In the first few days, she squealed for cigarettes every now and then," Xinhua reported one zookeeper at the safari park in the Shaanxi province, north-west China, as saying.

"But as her life became more colourful, she gradually forgot about them altogether."

As I said, this is great news for smokers everywhere. I mean, if a chimp can give up smoking, you smokers can have no excuses!

Unconfirmed reports suggest the other chimps were unhappy about their health being compromised by secondhand smoke...


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