Even Chimps Can Get Black Lung
So why does a chimp start smoking? Apparently even apes can get stressed out. Back in 1989, Ai Ai started smoking after her mate died. She was able to pick up the pieces of her life, but then her second mate died in 1997 and her smoking got even heavier...up to 8 cigarettes a day.
I wonder how her first two mates died...hmm...maybe they tried to nab one of her smokes?
So how does a chimp start smoking? It seems Ai Ai was able to pick up cigarette butts from tourists. Zoo officials have not disclosed whom has been supplying her with cigarattes daily. I've got a good idea: a very smart zookeeper. Chimps can peel flesh off a person like they're peeling a banana. Keep the lady chimp happy.
Exactly how did the zoo get her to quit? Easy - feed her face.
Along with the normal milk, bananas, and rice she got every day, they also gave her fried dumplings and other fried goodies. They also tried to keep her occupied with more frequent walks and entertainment. "I also put earphones on her so that she could enjoy some pop music from my walkman," one zookeeper said.
Way to go Ai Ai, which means "Love Love" in Mandarin, by the way. I'm sure she's going to lead a much healthier life. Until her next mate dies.
A chimp addicted to nicotine...how funny. It seems monkeys and apes have all kinds of vices and addictions. After some digging, here's what I found:
Tarrah Reed: This poor chimp can't stop drinking. Plus zookeepers say she's pretty "easy," if you know what I mean.
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K.C. and Joe-Joe: Blame it on the custodian here. He decided to show these two chimps the movie "The Blues Brothers." Now these two apes think they're Jake and Elwood...and that they're on a mission from God.
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Scareface: A chimp addicted to guns...not good. Here he is playing with his favorite, a Glock. "Say hello to my little friend!"
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Blogger: Yup, you guessed it. A chimp addicted to blogging. Somebody save him NOW!