Mideast Lebanon Smoking Chimpanzee

Omega, a 12-year-old chimpanzee, bare his teeth through his cage in a zoo in the southern Lebanese village of Ansar on Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. Omega In his younger years was used in one of the local restaurants to entertain people and was made to smoke cigarettes and serve water pipe to customers. After he grew stronger, he was locked up and taken to a zoo where he has lived in a 40 square meter cage for the past 10 years. Organizers of Omega’s evacuation say it marks the first time a chimpanzee has been rescued in Lebanon, a country with virtually no animal rights protection laws. Omega is being sent to a sanctuary in Brazil Monday after being rescued from a zoo in south Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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