Thailand’s ‘Uncle Fat’ On Strict Diet

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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 (20 pounds).Uncle Fat tipped the scales Friday at around 26 kilograms (60 pounds). Veterinarians hope to release him back into the wild after a few months.