Godzilla is sent to the fat camp: a mega-monkey whose weight DOUBLED after being fed junk food in the Thai market is rescued after the video of the plump primate went viral
- Godzilla has shot himself more than twice the average weight of his species and weighs more than 3 (20 kg).
- The three-year-old macaque lives in a market in Bangkok’s Min Buri district, where passersby fed him junk food.
- The monkey, seen last month in Bangkok, grew up being fed by humans and cannot find food on its own.
- He 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 shot to dangerous size after being fed junk food by passers-by is now being sent to the fat camp to regain its shape.
The three-year-old primate, named Godzilla, was spotted earlier this month in Bangkok’s Min Buri district, where visitors crowded the booth where the monkey sat and tried to feed it.
Godzilla has drawn comparisons to the late Uncle Fatty, a long-tailed macaque believed to have eaten himself to death.
An obese monkey kept in a Thai market has exploded to dangerous size after being fed junk food by passersby. The three-year-old primate (pictured), named Godzilla, weighs more than the third (20 kg)
Godzilla, last seen in Bangkok, has spent many years being fed by visitors to the market and has grown in size, prompting people to rescue him and take him to fat camp (pictured).
Godzilla grew up being fed by humans and is not used to finding his own food, which has contributed to his unusually large size.
In one video, the stocky monkey, who is tied to the market stall, can be seen in a tight blue T-shirt.
Godzilla rests on a pile of pillows and squishy toys in the corner of the stall as he fiddles and plays with things around him, including a Playboy-branded coronavirus mask that he picks up off the ground.
Merchant Manop says that Godzilla works out every morning, but has not been able to slim down his figure. Manop is now sending the monkey to a fat primate camp in an attempt to get the monkey into shape.
Merchant Manop said she adopted Godzilla after he was dumped by the previous owner of the stall.
He said that he feeds the monkey and treats him well, but that he has not been able to keep his weight under control.
‘The rescue team found Godzilla when he was very young. And since it grew up being fed by humans, it doesn’t know how to find food for itself in nature, ” Manop said.
The three-year-old macaque weighs twice as much as an average macaque monkey, which normally weighs between eight and 10 kg, and has been sent to the fat camp to lose weight.
Godzilla owner Manop, who adopted Godzilla after he was dumped by the previous owner of the stall, says the obese monkey exercises every morning but has been unable to make the monkey lose weight.
Godzilla’s weight has now rocketed to over 3rd (20kg), almost as heavy as Uncle Fatty, who tipped the scales at over 4th (27kg) and is believed to be between 10 and 15 years old. Macaques usually weigh between eight and 10 kilos.
In the video, Godzilla is fed fresh fruit by his owners and is seen enjoying a large banana, perhaps in hopes of breaking his dependency on junk food.
Manop said Godzilla works out every morning, but hasn’t been able to shift the weight yet.
He added that the monkey doesn’t like to be touched by strangers and will start behaving wildly if it doesn’t like the person.
‘I take Godzilla with me to the market where I can take care of him. I don’t like that he’s alone because he’s stressed.
Godzilla was spotted earlier this month in Bangkok’s Min Buri district, where visitors crowded into the stall where the monkey sat and tried to feed it.
Godzilla becomes distraught and can lash out and act wild when strangers he doesn’t like try to touch and feed him.
Uncle Fatty was sent to ‘fat camp’ but was last seen in June 2019 before disappearing and is presumed dead. He tipped the scales more than a quarter (27 kg) and is believed to be between 10 and 15 years old.
Many people feed Godzilla food, but he only eats from the 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 volume increased after gorging himself 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 disappearing and is presumed dead.
Thailand is home to hundreds of thousands of wild monkeys, including gibbons, macaques, langurs, and lorises, which roam free and are popular with tourists.
They often coexist with human populations and have been known to steal food in order to survive.
However, they can also be a draw for tourists and many have found that they are often happy to have a meal.