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Smoking orangutan in Malaysia forced to kick habit

An orangutan often spotted smoking cigarettes at a Malaysian zoo is being forced to kick the habit.

September 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
An orangutan often spotted smoking cigarettes is being forced to kick the habit.

Government authorities seized the adult ape named Shirley from a Malaysian zoo last week.

They said she was living in poor conditions and will get no more cigarettes, because smoking is not normal behavior for orangutans.

Wildlife officials said Shirley isn't addicted. But an activist group claims the orangutan seemed to have severe mood swings, looked drowsy and appeared agitated without a cigarette.