Russian Chimp Goes to Rehab

Zhora got addicted to cigarettes, beer

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 26, 2010 11:34 AM CST

(Newser) – Don’t feel bad, Amy Winehouse: Even apes have to go to rehab sometimes. At least one Russian chimpanzee did, if a Reuters report is to be believed. According to a Russian newspaper, Zhora got aggressive at his first home—a circus—before being sent to a zoo, where he picked up a couple of bad habits: smoking and drinking beer. He would even “pester passers-by for booze,” the paper reports, before being transferred to a new city for rehabilitation treatment.

A chimpanzee buries its face in a large piece of a watermelon at Taronga zoo in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009.
A chimpanzee buries its face in a large piece of a watermelon at Taronga zoo in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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