Stay up to date with notifications from The Independent

Notifications can be managed in browser preferences.

Orangutan filmed smoking cigarette at Indonesia's condemned by animal rights campaigners

Man named only as DJ turns himself into police

Saturday 10 March 2018 13:06 GMT
Orangutan smokes cigarette at Indonesian zoo

A man who was caught on camera throwing a cigarette to an orangutan in an Indonesian zoo has handed himself into police.

Odon, a Bornean orangutan started smoking the cigarette as crowds at Bandung Zoo looked on.

Footage of the incident was shared on social media by the Scorpion animal rights group alongside as post which read: “Indonesia desperately needs animal welfare standards in its zoos”.

It quickly went viral and many condemned the man for tossing the cigarette.

The 27-year-old, known as DJ has turned himself into police, according to The Star Online, which reported that he claimed that he threw it to the creature, only after witnessing him smoke a first cigarette.

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in