THAI­LAND’S CHUNKY MON­KEY PLACED ON A DIET

Windsor Star - - WORLD -

A mor­bidly obese wild mon­key who gorged him­self on junk food and soda left be­hind by tourists has been res­cued and placed on a strict diet of lean pro­tein, fruits and veg­eta­bles.

Wildlife of­fi­cials caught the chunky mon­key — nick­named “Un­cle Fat” by lo­cals — af­ter pho­tos of the an­i­mal started cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial media.

Wild mon­keys roam free in many parts of Thai­land, at­tract­ing tourists who feed the animals. Most are macaques like Un­cle Fat, and weigh around nine kilo­grams (20 pounds). Un­cle Fat weighs three times that, tip­ping the scales at around 26 kg (60 lbs.).

“He had min­ions and other mon­keys bring­ing food for him but he would also re-dis­trib­ute it to younger mon­keys,” said vet­eri­nar­ian Su­pakarn Kaew­chot.

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