In Jakarta, Indonesia, a video of an orangutan smoking a cigarette in his Bandung Zoo’s enclosure, has caused a social media frenzy as animal advocates call the action outrageous. The video, shot on Sunday, shows a man flick his half-smoked cigarette into the primate’s enclosure and moments later, the orangutan picks it up and takes a few puffs. Onlookers laugh!
According to ADNews, the zoo has been infamous for past animal welfare violations. Marison Guciano, an animal activist stated on Wednesday the ape smoking a cigarette is more proof that there is a lack of supervision and education at the zoo.
“This orangutan at Bandung Zoo is given a cigarette by ignorant visitors. 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. Indonesia desperately needs animal welfare standards in its zoos,” Guciano wrote on his Facebook page.
Check out the video via Marison Guciano:
Guciano stated the young man who threw the cigarette into the ape’s enclosure is guilty of a crime, but more fault was on the zoo. The Bandung Zoo has previously been cited for starving and sick animals in their care. In 2016, a Sumatran elephant died; necropsy reports indicated the animal had bruises all over his body. Last year, starving sun bears were being fed by tourists as they begged for scraps of food.
In video footage, recorded by the advocacy group, Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group, several gaunt bears at the zoo located in the Indonesian city of Bandung, stirred tremendous outrage throughout social media. Notably bears do not beg for food; one of the videos showed a heartbreaking scene of an obviously starving bear rushing over as visitors threw bits of fruit down to the animal. One of the bears was so desperate for food, he was seen on video defecating and then eating his own feces.
When questioned, zoo spokespersons stated there are signs posted all over the zoo not to feed the animals or give them cigarettes and regretted the incident occurred. The man who threw the cigarette has been reported to the police.
A petition to close the zoo can be found here.
(Photos and video from Marison Guciano Facebook)
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