Meet Azalea The “Smoking” Chimp

Okay, don’t complain about an animal smoking…we’re not condoning it, just sharing! And you have to admit, it’s kind of adorable!  Pyongyang’s newly opened zoo has a new star: Azalea, the smoking chimpanzee. The  newly renovated zoo has become a favorite leisure spot in the North Korean capital since it re-opened in July,and the star attraction: a 19-year-old smoking female chimpanzee. The chimp, whose name in Korean is “Dallae,” smokes about a pack a day. Officials insist she doesn’t inhale.  Thrown a lighter by a zoo trainer, the chimpanzee lights her own cigarettes. If a lighter isn’t available, she can light up from lit cigarette if one is tossed her way. 

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