Uncle Fat, Morbidly Obese monkey in Bangkok, Put on Strict “No-Junk-Food Diet”

A wild obese macaque named “Uncle Fat,” who was rescued from a Bangkok suburb, sits with bananas in a rehabilitation center in Bangkok – Photo Sakchai Lalit

BANGKOK — 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 last month.

Wild monkeys roam free in many parts of Thailand, attracting tourists who feed and play with the animals. Most of the monkeys are macaques like Uncle Fat, and they typically weigh around 20 pounds.

Uncle Fat weighs three times that, tipping the scales at around 60 pounds.

“It was not easy to catch him,” said Kacha Phukem, the wildlife official who conducted the capture and rescue on April 27. “He was the leader of his pack, and when I tried to go in, I had…

Original published: 2017-05-19 20:41:27 Read the full Bangkok News here


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