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Tourists cheer as chimpanzee uses lighter to ignite cigarette before smoking it

By Mason White 5:16 AM October 31, 2016
Azalea lighting cigarette from lit cigarette 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) Tourists are flocking to a zoo in North Korea, where a chimpanzee performs tricks with cigarettes.

Azalea, who is also known as Dallae, smokes about a pack of cigarettes a day at the newly opened zoo in Pyongyang.

A spokesperson for the zoo said that the 19-year-old chimpanzee does not inhale the cigarette smoke. The smoking animal is a major part of the public performances.

About once an hour, a trainer hands it a lighter, and the chimpanzee manages to light the cigarette on its own. Azalea also taught itself how to light a cigarette from a lit cigarette.

A video of the show was uploaded to YouTube, where it went viral. The chimpanzee is also able to touch its nose, bow to tourists and dance.

Thousands of tourists visit the zoo each day.