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In Malaysia, trying to cure smoking orangutan

September 13 2011

Malaysian authorities have decided to get rid of tobacco dependence a female orangutan named Shirley, who is addicted to smoking at the zoo State Circus.

In Malaysia, the thriving illegal trade in animals, which, moreover, being abused. Officials plan to strengthen measures to protect animals. But now efforts are being made to rescue the animals. So, in early September, the police freed nearly 300 cats from a boarding house, whose owners often leave pets without food and water in dirty cages.

And last week, authorities seized a female orangutan, and tiger and other animals kept in poor conditions in the public circus in the province of Johor in the south. Ape Shirley, who has over 20 years, zoo visitors amused for years that smoking and picking up cigarette butts thrown into her cage, reports BBC .

Shirley "fame" for about a year ago after a video clip, lined on the Internet by local animal welfare advocates. After she became addicted to cigarettes, began to notice her mood swings. Left without a cigarette, the rule began to worry. Now the orangutan was moved to the Malacca Zoo, where smoking is not encouraged.

"By Shirley mind - the most common orangutan. This is a very intelligent animals. They like to imitate people," - said the director of the Malacca Zoo Ahmad Azhar Mohammed.

Now Shirley is undergoing intensive therapy against attachment to tobacco. According to veterinarians and zoologists, the chances of full recovery are high. Now the monkey returned to the appetite, which has beaten off smoking, said, " Komsomolskaya Pravda ". Rangers do not notice signs of depression or illness, which are not uncommon in patients with severe dependence. According to the director, the monkey will hold it in the zoo for about a month and then sent her to a rehabilitation center for wildlife in Borneo in Sarawak, where the orangutans live in freedom.

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