An obese monkey kept at a Thai market that ballooned to a dangerous size after being fed junk food by passersby is now being sent to fat camp to get back into shape.
The three-year-old primate, named Godzilla, was seen earlier this month in the Min Buri district of Bangkok, where visitors crowded over the stall where the monkey sat and attempted to feed it.
Godzilla has drawn comparisons with the late Uncle Fatty, a long-tailed macaque who is believed to have eaten himself to death.
An obese monkey kept at a Thai market has ballooned to a dangerous size after being fed junk food by passersby. The three-year-old primate, named Godzilla, weighs more than 20kg
Godzila grew up being fed by humans and is unaccustomed to finding his own food which has contributed to his large size
In a video, the chunky monkey, which is tied to the market stall, can be seen wearing a tight-fitting blue top.
Godzilla rests on a pile of pillows and soft toys in the corner of the stal as he fiddles and plays with things around him, including a Playboy branded cornavirus facemask he picks up off the floor.
Shopkeeper Manop says Godzilla exercises every morning but has not been able to slim his figure. Manop is now sending the monkey to a primate fat camp in an attempt to make the monkey get into shape.
The three-year-old macaque weighs twice as much as an average macaque monkey, which normally weigh between eight and 10 kgs
Shopkeeper Manop said she adopted Godzilla after he was abandoned by the stall’s previous owner.
She said she feeds the monkey and treats him well but has not been able to keep his weight under control.
‘The rescue team found Godzilla when he was very small. And since he grew up being fed by humans, he does not know how to find food on his own in the wild,’ Manop said.
Godzilla’s weight has now ballooned to more than 20kgs – almost as heavy as Uncle Fatty, who tipped the scales at 27kg and was believed to be between 10 and 15 years old.
Macaques normally weigh between eight and 10 kilos.
In the video, Godzilla is fed fresh fruit by his owners and is seen enjoying a large banana, perhapes in hopes of breaking his dependancy on junk food.
Godzilla was seen earlier this month in the Min Buri district of Bangkok, where visitors crowded over the stall where the monkey sat and attempted to feed it
Godzilla’s owner says the obese monkey exercises every morning but has not been able to make the macaque lose weight
Manop said Godzilla exercises every morning but still has not been able to shift the weight.
She added that the monkey does not like to be touched by strangers and will start to behave wildly if it does not like the person.
‘I bring Godzilla with me to the market where I can look after him. I don’t like him to be on his own because he gets stressed.
Godzilla gets distressed and can lash out and act wildly when stragers he does not like try to touch and feed him
‘A lot of people give Godzilla food but he only eats from people he likes. He’s very fussy and can get angry if he doesn’t like the person.’
Uncle Fatty was a wild monkey whose bulk increased after gorging on junk food from passersby in Thailand in 2017.
The primate was later sent to ‘fat camp’ but was last seen in June 2019 before going missing and is presumed dead.
Uncle Fatty was sent to ‘fat camp’ but was last seen in June 2019 before going missing and is presumed dead. He tipped the scales at 27kg and was believed to be between 10 and 15 years old
Thailand is home to hundreds of thousands of wild monkeys including gibbon, macaque, langur and loris, that roam free and are popular with tourists.
They often co-exist with human populations, and are known to steal food in order to survive.
However, they can also be an attraction for tourists and many have worked out that they are often happy to had over food.