POLICE are investigating animal abuse in Bandung, Indonesia, after a video of an orangutan smoking a cigarette at a local zoo went viral and drew outrage online. Footage shows a male visitor throwing a cigarette into the enclosure of 22-year-old Borean orangutan Ozon at Bandung zoo. The primate subsequently picks up the cigarette and smokes it. Spokesman for local police Hendro Pandowo said that the suspect who threw the cigarette could be charged with violating laws against animal abuse, which carries a maximum sentence of three months in jail, reported The Jakarta Post. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PLuhHTmtyEVideo can’t be loaded: Smoking orangutan at Indonesian zoo sparks furore (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PLuhHTmtyE) SEE ALSO: Indonesia: Zoo ends sun bear, orangutan shows after viral video “He has not been arrested,” said Hendro, noting that if the animal dies as a result, the sentence can be up to 9 months’ imprisonment. Animal rights groups slammed the incident, arguing that...
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