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Bangkok market vendor’s obese monkey seized by wildlife authorities

Tanutam Thawan

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Thai wildlife authorities seized an extremely fat macaque monkey, known as Godzilla, and have now placed the 3 year old monkey on a strict diet.

Godzilla’s owner is a meatball vendor in Bangkok’s Min Buri district. Reports say Godzilla was often tied to the market stall, snacking on treats from passersby. Weighing 20 kilograms, Godzilla became somewhat of a local attraction.

A local, concerned about the monkey’s health, made a complaint with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. Many have compared Godzilla to another obese monkey called Uncle Fatty who died.

Wildlife officials say macaque monkeys are classified under Thai law as a protected animal, giving them authority to investigate and seize Godzilla from his owner.

A recent report from the department says the monkey has lost weight and is now down to 17 kilograms. Godzilla is now adjusting to a nutritious diet of bananas, cabbage, lentils, pumpkin, sunflower seeds and insect protein supplements.

But the monkey is still morbidly overweight, and veterinarians cannot do blood tests because the blood vessels are hard to find.

Some Thais on social media are now calling on Godzilla to be sent back to his owner, saying that he can be put on a diet at home. Wildlife authorities say the macaque monkey is a protected animal and cannot be a household pet.

“อัพเดทน้องก็อต”
เมื่อวันที่ 29 มี.ค. 2564 หัวหน้าและสัตวแพทย์จากศูนย์ช่วยเหลือสัตว์ป่าที่ 2 (กระบกคู่)…

Posted by ชุดปฏิบัติการพิเศษเหยี่ยวดง on Monday, March 29, 2021

 

SOURCES: The Sun | Facebook:ชุดปฏิบัติการพิเศษเหยี่ยวดง

 

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    Chris

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    People are calling for the monkey to be sent back to its owner now it’s lost weight? The same owner that didn’t give the monkey space to exercise and allowed it to become obese to have an “attraction” in order to sell more meatballs.

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    Das

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    What a happy looking monkey…

    /s

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 2:37 am

    Thought monkeys are social beasts and like to live in tribes.
    If so surely when slimed down a bit the monkey would be better off with his pals as opposed to be chained up at a food stall probably as a marketing gimik.

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    Ian v5.00121

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 6:52 am

    The woman needs to be told she is never allowed animals again

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    Christine sharp

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Quite right they are not pets and should be with other monkeys . I hope he will be ok and reabilitated

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