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Published:February 26th, 2010 16:28 EST

Russian Beer-Drinking Chimp Sent To Rehab

By Robert Paul Reyes

A Russian chimpanzee has been sent to rehab by zookeepers to cure the smoking and beer-drinking habits he has picked up, a popular daily reported on Friday. An ex-performer, Zhora became aggressive at his circus and was transferred to a zoo in the southern Russian city of Rostov, where he fathered several baby chimps, learned to draw with markers and picked up his two vices.

chimp`The beer and cigarettes were ruining him. He would pester passers-by for booze,` the Komsomolskaya Pravda paper said."


It`s not only trainwreck singers like Amy Winehouse and spoiled athletes like Tiger Woods who go to rehab, it looks like some chimps are also in need of a little intervention.

The Russian chimp has a lot in common with Tiger Woods, the simian fathered several baby chimps. But I would guess that the ape`s lovers are smarter than Tiger`s bimbos.

The chimp went from a circus to a zoo to rehab, Tiger has gone from king of the PGA to being the butt of jokes to rehab. Let`s see who will land on his feet first, Tiger or the monkey.

It might be easier to rehabilitate a drunk cigarette-smoking philandering monkey, than it will be to make an arrogant and womanizing golfer turn over a new leaf.

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