Only in China? Sexually frustrated chimp starts smoking

No time to comment, but article speaks for itself.

Sexual frustration has driven a mild-mannered chimpanzee to take up smoking and spitting, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.

Feili, 13, has turned from a “gentle girl” into a “shrew”, said Liu Bing, the director of her zoo in Zhengzhou, central Henan province.

Mr Liu said Feili’s partner at the zoo was 28 years her senior, and was unable “to meet her sexual demands”.

Feili was not addicted to nicotine, he said, but was just imitating tourists.

However, she does appear to be quite keen on smoking – and has been known to resort to desperate measures to get what she wants.

Xinhua reported that Feili became excited when she saw a visitor light up a cigarette, and grew impatient when they showed no sign of giving it to her.

It quoted one boy visiting the zoo as saying: “Just now a tourist threw a cigarette butt to just outside the cage – she tried to get the butt with a stick.”

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 4 Comments

Not just if China … I went on a trek to see chimps in Africa, and noone was allowed to bring cigarettes because they were worried about this!

Of course, it could be just boredom at being stuck inside a cage all her life that is making her turn towards drugs …

August 30, 2004 @ 7:43 pm | Comment

Did they spit, too? That really blew me away!

August 30, 2004 @ 8:59 pm | Comment

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