Godzilla Sheds the Pounds at Fat Camp: Monkey Rescued from a Market Loses 5 Pounds on a Strict Diet

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An obese monkey exploded to a dangerous size after throwing junk food by passers-by at a Thai market has lost nearly 2 kg since being sent to a fat camp on March 26.

The three-year-old primate, known as Godzilla, weighed nearly 19 kg when it checked into the animal center in Chachoengsao in central Thailand, but has lost some of its weight through a strict diet.

The monkey may eat live crickets – which it chases around its cage – along with dill, lettuce, bird worms, carrots, peanuts, long beans and sunflower seeds.

Godzilla now weighs the scales at 37.9 lbs (17.2 kg) and the staff are hopeful that he can regain fitness with a regimen of daily walks to bring his weight back to 22 lbs (10 kg) before returning released into the wild.

Godzilla, the obese monkey who jumped to a dangerous size after throwing junk food by passers-by at a Thai market, has lost nearly 2kg since being sent to a fat camp on March 26

Godzilla, the obese monkey who jumped to a dangerous size after throwing junk food by passers-by at a Thai market, has lost nearly 2 kg since being sent to a fat camp on March 26

The three-year-old primate weighed nearly 19 kg when checked into the animal center in Chachoengsao in central Thailand, but has lost some of its weight through a strict diet.

The three-year-old primate weighed nearly 19 kg when checked into the animal center in Chachoengsao in central Thailand, but has lost some of its weight through a strict diet.

The three-year-old primate weighed nearly 19 kg when checked into the animal center in Chachoengsao in central Thailand, but has lost some of its weight through a strict diet.

However, agents said the ‘spoiled’ monkey is still aggressive, has attacked visitors and is becoming possessive of the teddy bears and toys in its new enclosure.

Navee Changpirom, forest chief at the Thai Department of National Parks, said: “Godzilla’s weight still exceeds the normal standards of most common macaques, which is no more than 10 kg.

He also has behavioral problems because he has too many toys from his previous owner.

‘He is very possessive of them, guards them like a treasure and does not let anyone take them easily. If someone tries to pick them up, they immediately grab them back. ‘

The three-year-old, podgy primate was taken to a vet camp last month after videos of him appeared chained in a market in Bangkok, Thailand, where he had lived for more than two years.

The three-year-old, podgy primate was taken to a vet camp last month after videos of him appeared chained in a market in Bangkok, Thailand, where he had lived for more than two years.

The three-year-old, podgy primate was taken to a vet camp last month after videos of him appeared chained in a market in Bangkok, Thailand, where he had lived for more than two years.

The monkey may eat live crickets - which it chases around its cage - along with dill, lettuce, bird worms, carrots, peanuts, long beans and sunflower seeds

The monkey may eat live crickets - which it chases around its cage - along with dill, lettuce, bird worms, carrots, peanuts, long beans and sunflower seeds

The monkey may eat live crickets – which it chases around its cage – along with dill, lettuce, bird worms, carrots, peanuts, long beans and sunflower seeds

Godzilla now weighs the scales at 37.9 lbs (17.2 kg) and the staff are hopeful that he can regain fitness with a regimen of daily walks to bring his weight back to 22 lbs (10 kg) before returning released into the wild.

Godzilla now weighs the scales at 37.9 lbs (17.2 kg) and the staff are hopeful that he can regain fitness with a regimen of daily walks to bring his weight back to 22 lbs (10 kg) before returning released into the wild.

Godzilla now weighs the scales at 37.9 lbs (17.2 kg) and the staff are hopeful that he can regain fitness with a regimen of daily walks to bring his weight back to 22 lbs (10 kg) before returning released into the wild.

However, Changpirom said the fat primate had adapted well to its next diet and particularly enjoyed ‘dill, followed by lettuce.

“He also likes crickets and bird worms, which are rich in protein.”

Last month, a video appeared of the three-year-old, podgy primate chained to a market in Bangkok, Thailand, where he had lived for more than two years while being fed by passing customers.

The images raised fears for the monkey’s health due to its resemblance to the late ‘Uncle Fatty’ who died in 2019 after being ‘killed with kindness’ from being fed by humans.

However, animal center agents said the 'spoiled' monkey is still aggressive, has attacked visitors and is becoming possessive of the teddy bears and toys in its new enclosure.

However, animal center agents said the 'spoiled' monkey is still aggressive, has attacked visitors and is becoming possessive of the teddy bears and toys in its new enclosure.

However, animal center agents said the ‘spoiled’ monkey is still aggressive, has attacked visitors and is becoming possessive of the teddy bears and toys in its new enclosure.

Godzilla has reportedly caused behavioral problems by getting too many toys from its previous owner, according to Navee Changpirom, forest chief at Thailand's Department of National Parks.

Godzilla has reportedly caused behavioral problems by getting too many toys from its previous owner, according to Navee Changpirom, forest chief at Thailand's Department of National Parks.

Godzilla has reportedly caused behavioral problems by getting too many toys from its previous owner, according to Navee Changpirom, forest chief at Thailand’s Department of National Parks.

Animal officials visited the market in the Min Buri district of the Thai capital on March 25 and Godzilla was taken away in a cage

Animal officials visited the market in the Min Buri district of the Thai capital on March 25 and Godzilla was taken away in a cage

Animal officials visited the market in the Min Buri district of the Thai capital on March 25 and Godzilla was taken away in a cage

Godzilla's former owner Manop Emsan said the monkey's parents were killed by a car when he was a baby and that a previous owner abandoned him.

Godzilla's former owner Manop Emsan said the monkey's parents were killed by a car when he was a baby and that a previous owner abandoned him.

Godzilla’s former owner Manop Emsan said the monkey’s parents were killed by a car when he was a baby and that a previous owner abandoned him.

Wildlife officials visited the market in the Min Buri district of the Thai capital on March 25, and Godzilla was taken away in a cage.

Changpirom said, “We received a report from someone concerned about the monkey’s health.

‘Our investigation then found the owner. He said he brought the monkey home and took good care of it like one of his own relatives. He and his family fed the monkey so well that it grew fat.

Sometimes market visitors thought the monkey was cute and fed it too. The monkey became a favorite attraction in the market. ‘

Godzilla’s former owner Manop Emsan said the monkey’s parents were killed by a car when he was a baby and that a previous owner abandoned him.

He kept the monkey as a pet – illegal under the natural laws of the country – and let it snack all day long while running his stall with meatballs.

Passengers also stopped to feed the monkey fruits, nuts, candies, and sugary syrup drinks.

Emsan kept the monkey as a pet - illegal under the country's laws of physics - and let him snack all day while running his stall with meatballs

Emsan kept the monkey as a pet - illegal under the country's laws of physics - and let it snack all day while he ran his stall with meatballs

Passengers also stopped to feed the monkey fruits, nuts, candies, and sugary syrup drinks

Passengers also stopped to feed the monkey fruits, nuts, candies, and sugary syrup drinks

Emsan kept the monkey as a pet – illegal under the natural laws of the country – and let it snack all day long while he ran his stall with meatballs. Passengers also stopped to feed the monkey fruits, nuts, candies, and sugary syrup drinks

Former owner Emsan is allowed to visit Godzilla while being groomed, but the primate will eventually have to be released back into the forest, where it can interact with other monkeys.

Former owner Emsan is allowed to visit Godzilla while being groomed, but the primate will eventually have to be released back into the forest, where it can interact with other monkeys.

Former owner Emsan is allowed to visit Godzilla while being groomed, but the primate will eventually have to be released back into the forest, where it can interact with other monkeys.

Animal officer Phuwanak Krumnoi, who helped collect the primate, said Godzilla was `` critically obese '' when discovered and urgently needed to be put on a diet

Animal official Phuwanak Krumnoi, who helped collect the primate, said Godzilla was `` critically obese '' when discovered and urgently needed to be put on a diet

Animal officer Phuwanak Krumnoi, who helped collect the primate, said Godzilla was “ critically obese ” when discovered and urgently needed to be put on a diet

Animal officer Phuwanak Krumnoi, who helped collect the primate, said Godzilla was “ critically obese ” when discovered and urgently needed to be put on a diet.

Former owner Emsan is allowed to visit Godzilla while being groomed, but the primate will eventually have to be released back into the forest, where it can interact with other monkeys.

The devastated Emsan said, “Godzilla is like a son to me. He’s part of the family. He won’t eat when he’s not with us, he gets moody and sad. I’m afraid he won’t survive. ‘

However, Changpirom said, “The monkey was handed over to the National Park team to care for it and keep it from putting on weight.

“We need to remind people that if they find a wild monkey, they should never keep it. The correct step is to call the local police and wait for the officials to pick up the animal and give it proper care. ‘

Uncle Fatty was a wild monkey weighing 27 kg after eating junk food from passers-by in Thailand in 2017.

The primate was later sent to ‘vet camp’ but was last seen in June 2019 before going missing and presumed dead.

Uncle Fatty (pictured) was sent to fat camp but was last seen in June 2019

Uncle Fatty (pictured) was sent to fat camp but was last seen in June 2019

Uncle Fatty (pictured), weighed over 4th and is now believed to be dead

Uncle Fatty (pictured), weighed over 4th and is now believed to be dead

Uncle Fatty was sent to ‘vet camp’ but was last seen in June 2019 before going missing and believed to be dead. He tilted the scale at over 59.5 lbs (27 kg)