Chain-smoking chimp draws crowds in North Korea

Chain-smoking chimp draws crowds in North Korea

A chain-smoking chimpanzee in North Korea has drawn both crowds and outrage.

Nineteen-year-old Azalea is the star of the newly opened Central Zoo in Pyongyang, not just smoking but also lighting her own cigarettes.

It drew the approval of the zoo's visitors, who roared with laughter as she sat puffing away.

Zoo officials say she gets through a pack a day.

But not everyone is impressed. Animal rights group PETA is furious.

"How cruel to wilfully addict a chimpanzee to tobacco for human amusement," president Ingrid Newkirk said.

The zoo insists it's okay because Azalea doesn't inhale when she smokes.

Azalea appears alongside other animals performing questionable feats, including a monkey that can slam dunk basketballs.

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