Godzilla Sent To Fat Camp: Mega Monkey Whose Weight Doubled After Getting Junk Food In Thai Market Is Rescued After Podgy Primate Video Gone Viral
- Godzilla has risen to more than double the average weight for its species and weighs more than 3pcs (20kg)
- The three-year-old macaque lives in a market in Bangkok’s Min Buri neighborhood, where passers-by gave him junk food
- The monkey, seen in Bangkok last month, grew up being fed by humans and cannot find food for itself
- Has been compared to another macque nicknamed Uncle Fatty, who is believed to have eaten himself to death
An obese monkey kept in a Thai market that has been blown up to a dangerous size after being fed junk food by passers-by is now being sent to a fat camp to get back in shape.
The three-year-old primate, called Godzilla, was spotted earlier this month in Bangkok’s Min Buri district, where visitors crowded over the stall where the monkey sat and attempted to feed it.
Godzilla has drawn comparisons to the late Uncle Fatty, a long-tailed macaque who is believed to have eaten himself to death.
An obese monkey kept in a Thai market has been blown up to a dangerous size after being fed junk food by passers-by. The three-year-old primate (pictured), named Godzilla, weighs more than 3rd (20 kg)
Last seen in Bangkok, Godzilla has been nurtured by market visitors for years and has grown tremendously, leading to people rescuing him and taking him to a thick camp (pictured)
Godzilla grew up being fed by humans and is not used to finding his own food which contributed to his unusually large size
In a video, the fat monkey, tied to the market stall, can be seen wearing a tight blue top.
Godzilla rests on a pile of pillows and stuffed animals in the corner of the booth as he plays and plays with things around him, including a Playboy coronavirus face mask that he picks up from the floor.
Shopkeeper Manop says Godzilla works out every morning but hasn’t been able to slim down his figure. Manop now sends the monkey to a primate fat camp in an attempt to get the monkey in shape.
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 control his weight.
The rescue team found Godzilla when he was very little. And since he grew up and was fed by humans, he doesn’t know how to find food for himself in the wild, ‘Manop said.
The three-year-old macaque weighs twice as much as an average macaque, which normally weighs between eight and ten pounds, and has been sent to a fat camp to slim down
Godzilla’s owner Manop, who adopted Godzilla after being abandoned by the stall’s previous owner, says the obese monkey exercises every morning but hasn’t been able to let the macaque lose weight
Godzilla’s weight has now risen to over 3 (20 kg) – almost as heavy as Uncle Fatty, who dropped the scales to over 4 (27 kg) and was believed to be between 10 and 15 years old used to be. Macaques normally weigh between eight and ten pounds.
In the video, Godzilla gets fresh fruit from its owners and is seen enjoying a large banana, perhaps hoping to break his dependence on junk food.
Manop said Godzilla exercises every morning but still hasn’t been able to shift the weight.
She added that the monkey doesn’t like to be touched by strangers and will start acting wild if it doesn’t like the person.
“I’m taking Godzilla to the market where I can take care of him. I don’t like him being alone because he gets stressed.
Godzilla was spotted in Bangkok’s Min Buri district earlier this month, where visitors crowded over the stall where the monkey was sitting and attempted to feed him
Godzilla gets upset and can lash out and act wildly when strangers he dislikes try to touch and feed him
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 scales at over 4th (27 kg) and was believed to be between 10 and 15 years old
“A lot of people feed Godzilla, but he only eats from people he likes. He is very picky and can get angry if he doesn’t like the person. ‘
Uncle Fatty was a wild monkey whose size grew 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 believed to be dead.
Thailand is home to hundreds of thousands of wild monkeys, including gibbon, macaque, langur and lorikeet, which roam freely and are popular with tourists.
They often live alongside human populations and are known to steal food for survival.
However, they can also be a draw for tourists and many have found that they are often happy with food.