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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tori is a teenager with a bad habit. The 15-year-old orangutan has been smoking cigarettes at an Indonesian zoo for a decade, but she’s about to go cold turkey.

Zookeepers say they plan to move Tori away from visitors who regularly throw lit cigarettes into her cage so they can watch and photograph her puffing away and exhaling smoke.

Taru Jurug Zoo director Lili Krisdianto said Friday the move is aimed to protect four endangered orangutans at the 14-hectare (35-acre) zoo in the Central Java town of Solo.

Results of a medical test are expected Saturday to determine how much Tori’s smoking has affected her health. A mesh cover will initially be placed over her cage, and she’ll later be moved to a small island away from the public.

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