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People Are Really Relating To Uncle Fat, An Obese Monkey Forced To Diet

The wild macaque is under veterinary care until he gets healthy.

20/05/2017 4:06 AM AEST | Updated 23/05/2017 12:41 AM AEST

A wild monkey has been rescued by wildlife officials in Thailand and put on a special diet to combat his morbid obesity, according to The Associated Press.

Uncle Fat, as he’s known to the locals, gained an unhealthy amount of weight 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 popular on social media.

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.

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. 

Honestly, though, who can’t relate to Uncle Fat’s struggle? The people of Twitter certainly understand that fast food lifestyle and where it can lead.

Some people were truly concerned (and maybe a little amused). 

And some people have serious respect for Uncle Fat. That monkey was on top of an empire, just let him live.

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