Saturday, 27 May, 2017

Thailand's chunky monkey on diet after gorging on junk food

A wild obese macaque named Morbidly obese monkey Uncle Fat on a diet after gorging on junk food
Ben Pena | 19 May, 2017, 23:13

"Uncle Fat" pretty much had it made running his crew of macaque monkeys in a nook of Thailand - but then he got so fat humans chose to help him.

A wild obese macaque named "Uncle Fat", who was rescued from a Bangkok suburb, sits with bananas in a rehabilitation center in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, May 19, 2017.

The macaque, which became famous in Thailand after the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Preservation shared a picture on its Facebook page last month, underwent a health examination that determined tumors were not responsible for the size of his belly. At roughly 60lb Uncle Fat, believed to be aged between 10 and 15, is three times that.

Kacha Phukem, who conducted the capture and rescue, said: 'It was not easy to catch him.

The subordinate monkeys fed into Uncle Fat's bad habits.

The primate is now being kept in the department's facility in Bangkok and receiving a strict diet of green vegetables, low-sugar fruits and lean protein.

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Hopefully, with some TLC, exercise and a healthy diet, Uncle Fat will get fit and be released back into the wild in a few months.

Wild monkeys roam free in many parts of Thailand, attracting tourists who feed and play with the animals.

According to Supakarn Kaewchot, the vet in charge of Uncle Fat's diet, the chubby ring-leader even had a system in place where "minions" would deliver food to him. "Weight loss will decrease Uncle Fatty's risk of diabetes and heart disease", the veterinarian said. "My autobiography has been published", one user wrote, linking to an article about Uncle Fat, while another said, "This is me after stress eating during deadlines week".

Supakarn Keawchot, the veterinarian, said this is a prime example of why people shouldn't feed wild monkeys the kinds of things humans eat.

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