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Smoking Orangutan in Indonesian 'Death Zoo' Enrages Activists

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The video, taken over the weekend, shows a visitor flicking a half-smoked cigarette into the enclosure. The video has caused outrage among animal lovers and animal activists who are questioning the zoo authorities' sheer carelessness.

There have been calls to shut the zoo, located 93 miles (150km) southeast of the capital Jakarta, since 2017.

An Indonesian zoo infamous for mistreatment of animals is being slammed again by activists after a video emerged of one of its orangutans smoking.

This is not the first time apes have been caught smoking in captivity. It was later forced to quit the addiction.

Following the incident, zoo spokesman Sulhan Syafi'I said: "we very much regret that such a thing happened", ABC news reported.

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Zoo staff said the incident was regrettable, and that the guard may have been taking a break at the time.

Substandard conditions are common at Indonesian zoos and Guciano blamed the government for being slow in establishing animal welfare standards.

He also claimed that police were notified of the incident and that there are signs at the zoo warning visitors not to feed animals or give them cigarettes. "Visitors do not know how to deal with animals, but the lack of supervision by zoo management is equally lacking and is one of the issues which must be addressed", Guciano wrote on Facebook. "Nearly all zoos are in poor condition. from the cages and feeding needs to the animals' health".

The video was posted on March 4, and has since gone viral.

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