Charlies the Smoking Chimp Dies At Age 52
October 7, 2010
South Africa (ChattahBox Curiosity News) – Charlie the Chimp, who is well known for his severe cigarette smoking habit of which zookeepers have been trying to break for years, has finally died at the old age of 52.
Charlie started smoking almost a decade ago, after some visitors to the zoo made the disgusting and incomprehensible move of throwing lit cigarettes to him in hopes he would follow their example and smoke them. He did, and he was hooked from that day on.
For years, zookeepers have attempted to break his habit, but continuous problems with tourists and locals giving him cigarettes from their packs made it difficult.
Despite the smoking, it was not this that killed him, his keeps say. At the age of 52, he was ten years older than most chimps survive.
“Even though he has been receiving special care, and a special diet including protein shakes, vitamin and mineral supplements, he succumbed to old age,” Qondile Khedama, a spokesman for the Mangaung Zoo, told the BBC.
They are now seeking a new mate for the female chimp currently living in their facility.