VIDEO: Chimpanzee smokes at North Korean zoo

Still frame from NBC News video
Still frame from NBC News video

A newly reopened North Korean zoo houses a cigarette smoking chimpanzee. On Wednesday visitors to the Pyongyang zoo roared with delight watching Azalea, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, smoke.

Azalea’s trainer through her a lighter. The chimp can light her own cigarettes.

Officials say she smokes about a pack a day. They insist she doesn’t inhale.

The zoo also has performances featuring other animals trained to do tricks, including a monkey that dunks basketballs, and doves that fly around and land on a woman skating on an indoor stage.

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