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  World   South Asia  19 May 2017  After gorging on junk food, Thailand's chunky monkey on diet

After gorging on junk food, Thailand's chunky monkey on diet

PTI
Published : May 19, 2017, 2:53 pm IST
Updated : May 19, 2017, 2:53 pm IST

Wildlife officials rescued the male long-tailed macaque last month after photos of the animal started circulating on social media.

A wild obese macaque named
 A wild obese macaque named "Uncle Fat," who was rescued from a Bangkok suburb, sits in a rehabilitation center in Bangkok (Photo: AP)

Bangkok: A morbidly obese wild monkey who gorged himself on junk food and soda from tourists has been rescued and placed on a strict diet.

The chunky monkey nicknamed "Uncle Fat" by locals is now eating lean protein, fruits and vegetables at a rehabilitation center in Thailand.

 

Wildlife officials rescued the male long-tailed macaque last month after photos of the animal started circulating on social media.

Most urban wild monkeys in Thailand are macaques, and they typically weigh around 9 kilograms.

Uncle Fat tipped the scales Friday at around 26 kilograms. Veterinarians hope to release him back into the wild after a few months.

Tags: wild monkey, junk food, uncle fat
Location: Thailand, Bangkok, Bangkok