Zoo's smoking orangutan riles animal activists in Indonesia

Baby Kesuma was born at the zoo in December

Video of a smoking orangutan from the country is going viral.

Activist Marison Guciano filmed a video on Sunday that shows a young man flicking his half-smoked cigarette into the primate's enclosure.

"Join me in imploring the President of Indonesia and his Minister of Environment and Forestry to shut down this zoo and relocate these animals to a conservation or sanctuary where they can be taken care of", the petition urges.

The 22-year-old Bornean orangutan, named Ozon, appeared excited for the nicotine fix and immediately pounced on the cancer-causing stimulant, AFP reports.

An Indonesian zoo notorious for its mistreatment of animals is being criticized by animal rights activists once again after a new video recently emerged showing one of its orangutans smoking a cigarette. After the video was shared widely on social media, animal activists are slamming the zoo authorities for not following rules and regulations of a zoo.

Smoking in Indonesia has been a problem for people and animals alike.

. It was later forced to quit the addiction.

Zoo spokesman Sulhan Syafi'I said it "very much" regrets the incident and reported it to police.

Zoo staff said the incident was regrettable, and that the guard may have been taking a break at the time.

Marison Guciano, founder of the Indonesia Animal Welfare Society, attacked the zoo's management for "weak control", but also criticised a wider lack of welfare standards at zoos. He noted that signs at the zoo warns visitors not to feed the animals or give them cigarettes. The zoo sparked controversy a year ago after videos of skeletal bears begging for food from visitors went viral.

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