Smoking turtle can't kick his nicotine habit
Beijing - A turtle that smokes and appears to be addicted to nicotine has been discovered in China's north-eastern province of Jilin.
The animal is the pet of a man, identified by his surname Yun, who is himself a smoker, Xinhua news agency said yesterday, quoting a local newspaper.
One day, Yun teased the turtle by putting a cigarette butt into its mouth and, to his surprise, it started to smoke it, according to the news agency.
From then on, he shared his cigarettes with his pet, Xinhua said.
"It seems to have become addicted," Yun was quoted as saying.
"Whenever I smoke in front of it, it will stick its head out of the water and fidget about until I give it the stub."
Yun proved his claim by putting a cigarette in the turtle's mouth in front of a reporter and his neighbours, Xinhua quoted the newspaper as saying.
To everyone's surprise, the turtle finished it in less than four minutes, the news agency said.
While monkeys have been know to smoke in imitation of human beings, the deputy secretary-general of Jilin's Wildlife Conservation Society told Xinhua he had never heard of a smoking turtle.
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