North Korea’s capital city Pyongyang has something out of the ordinary attracting visitors to it’s newly opened zoo – Azalea, the smoking chimpanzee.
The zoo which was recently renovated has become a favorite leisure spot since it re-opened in July, according to its staff.
The 19-year-old female chimpanzee, whose Korean name is “Dallas”, smokes about a pack of cigarette a day.
Azalea, after thrown a lighter, lights her cigarettes. If a lighter isn’t available, she uses a lit cigarette to light up the cigarette she is about to smoke.
All the acts seemed to delight visitors who roared with laughter on Wednesday as the chimp, 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.
A high-tech natural history museum also exists in the zoo. It features displays showing the origins of the solar system and the evolution of life on Earth.
The zoo dates back to 1959, when Kim Il Sung, the communist nation’s first leader and the grandfather of Kim Jong Un, ordered it built on the outskirts of the city.