Last month, photos of an obese macaque monkey began to circulate on social media. The animal – nicknamed Uncle Fat by locals in Bangkok, Thailand – has since been taken in by wildlife officials and placed on a strict diet of healthy fruits, veggies and lean protein. Uncle Fat’s new food regimen is a far cry from the junk food and soda left behind by Bangkok tourists he once gorged himself on.
It is not uncommon for tourists to feed the many wild monkeys that roam the streets of Thailand. Most of these macaques weigh about 20 pounds, but Uncle Fat tops the scales at three times that weight! The morbidly obese monkey is estimated to be somewhere between 10 and 15-years-old.
Kacha Phukem, the wildlife official who conducted the capture and rescue on April 27, said catching the chunky monkey was no easy feat. Apparently Uncle Fat is the alpha male of his group and his minions did not take kindly to their leader being nabbed!
“He was the leader of his pack, and when I tried to go in, I had to fight off a flock of them with sticks,” Phukem told Time.com.
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Uncle Fat’s veterinarian, Dr. Supakarn Kaewchot, is in charge of managing his new diet which consists of 400 grams of lean protein, fruits and vegetables twice a day. She hopes that after a few months he can be re-released into the wild, but for now his health depends on weight loss.
“He is now in a critical condition where there is a high-risk of heart disease and diabetes,” she said.
Dr. Kaewchot went on to explain that Uncle Fat is a perfect example of why tourists should not feed wildlife.
“I understand that people feel sorry for the monkeys and want to feed them when they see them, but please don’t feed them food that people like to eat like snacks and soda. It is very bad for their health and the problem is entirely man-made.”
H/T to Time.com
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