New Star at Pyongyang Zoo (6 pics)




Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, smokes a cigarette at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. According to officials at the newly renovated zoo, which has become a favorite leisure spot in the North Korean capital since it was re-opened in July, the chimpanzee smokes about a pack a day. They insist, however, that she doesn’t inhale. Thrown a lighter by a zoo trainer, the chimpanzee lights her own cigarettes. If a lighter isn't available, she can light up from lit cigarette if one is tossed her way. Though such a sight would draw outrage in many other locales, it seemed to delight visitors who roared with laughter on Wednesday as the chimpanzee, one of two at the zoo, sat puffing away as her trainer egged her on. The trainer also prompted her to touch her nose, bow thank you and do a simple dance. Renovations for the new zoo began in 2014, as part of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's efforts to create more modern and impressive structures and leisure centers around the capital. The zoo actually dates back to 1959, when Kim Il Sung, the nation's first leader and the grandfather of Kim Jong Un, ordered it built on the outskirts of the city. According to its official history, the zoo started off with only 50 badgers. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)

New Star at Pyongyang Zoo

Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, smokes a cigarette at the Cen

Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, smokes a cigarette at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)

Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, lights one cigarette from ano

Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, lights one cigarette from another at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)

Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, smokes a cigarette at the Cen

Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, smokes a cigarette at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)

Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, looks at her keeper at the Ce

Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, looks at her keeper at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)

Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, lights a cigarette at the Cen

Azalea, whose Korean name is “Dalle”, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee, lights a cigarette at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. (Photo by Wong Maye-E/AP Photo)




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