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- Footage of an orangutan smoking a cigarette at an Indonesian zoo went viral.
- People were outraged and called on the zoo to shut down.
International anger has focused on an Indonesian zoo after a video of an orangutan smoking a cigarette in its habitat went viral.
ABC News reported that the viral video was shot Sunday at Indonesia’s Bandung Zoo. The video showed a man tossing a lit cigarette into the habitat, where it was promptly picked up by the large orangutan, a 22-year-old named Odon, and smoked.
Animal-rights activists blasted the zoo, which was previously accused of starving bears, for a lack of supervision, ABC News reported. About 1 million people signed up for a Change.org petition to shut down the zoo after the incident.
The zoo said in a statement that it regretted the incident.
Watch the footage:
Growing outrage after a zoo visitor tossed a lit cigarette into an orangutan enclosure, prompting the ape to pick it up and smoke it. More than 1M people signed a petition to shut down the zoo after the incident. The zoo says it regrets that it happened. https://t.co/nxWlMGDFg5 pic.twitter.com/2yBvbZeux8
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