Wildlife officials in Thailand had to capture and cage a wild monkey—to keep it from eating itself to death.
Nicknamed “Uncle Fat,” this macaque weighs 60 pounds (26 kg)—three times the weight of a normal healthy macaque.
“After he has been eating food given by humans for a while, he has developed this fat mass, which becomes a type of benign tumor,” said veterinarian Supakarn Kaewchot. “This could cause diabetes, vascular disease and eventually heart diseases.”
“Uncle Fat” now lives in a clean, spacious enclosure. He will be fed fruit and lean protein until he returns to a healthy weight.
Macaques like this roam wild in Thailand. Tourists play with them and feed them—often junk food. Most macaques can control themselves. “Uncle Fat” decided sugar and salt were too good to pass up.
“Please don’t feed them food like sweets or chips,” pleaded veterinarian Supakarn Kaewchot. “We should give them vegetables, green leaves. We should avoid giving them starchy crops.”