The struggle is real for Uncle Fat, the wild macaque who was rescued by wildlife officials in Thailand and put on a special diet to combat his morbid obesity.
The chunky monkey became wildly overweight by eating all the junk food given to him by tourists around the city. His size problem was brought to the attention of wildlife officials in Bangkok after he became a social media star. (*Shaking my head that I just wrote that sentence*)
But that doesn’t mean he was easy to catch. Uncle Fat is basically the head of the wild monkey mafia.
“He was the leader of his pack, and when I tried to go in, I had to fight off a flock of them with sticks,” wildlife official Kacha Phukem told AP.
And that’s not all.
“He had minions and other monkeys bringing food for him but he would also re-distribute it to younger monkeys,” added veterinarian Supakarn Kaewchot, noting that Uncle Fat’s weight puts him at risk of heart disease.
So many things to chew on here. The leader of the monkey mafia? With his junk food minions? That he would redistribute the overflow to younger monkeys? I really think there needs to be Lifetime movie about this…
Anyway: Wildlife officials caught Uncle Fat on April 27, and he’s now on a special regimented meal plan of lean protein, fruits and vegetables twice a day until he can hopefully be released back into the wild.