Godzilla sheds the pounds at fat camp: Monkey rescued from a market loses 5lbs on a strict diet

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An obese monkey who ballooned to a dangerous size after being thrown junk food by passersby in a Thai market has lost almost 5lbs (2kg) since he was sent to a fat camp on March 26.  

The three-year-old primate, known as Godzilla, weighed almost 41lbs (19kg) when he checked into the wildlife centre in Chachoengsao in central Thailand, but has shed some of the weight through a strict diet. 

The monkey is allowed to eat live crickets – which he chases around his pen – along with dill, lettuce, bird worms, carrots, peanuts, long beans and sunflower seeds.

Godzilla now tips the scales at 37.9lbs (17.2kg) and staff are hopeful that he can regain his fitness with a regime of daily walks to get his weight down to 22lbs (10kg) before being released back into the wild. 

Godzilla,  the obese monkey who ballooned to a dangerous size after being thrown junk food by passersby in a Thai market has lost almost 5lbs (2kg) since he was sent to a fat camp on March 26

Godzilla,  the obese monkey who ballooned to a dangerous size after being thrown junk food by passersby in a Thai market has lost almost 5lbs (2kg) since he was sent to a fat camp on March 26

The three-year-old primate weighed almost 41lbs (19kg) when he was checked into the wildlife centre in Chachoengsao in central Thailand, but has shed some of the weight through a strict diet

The three-year-old primate weighed almost 41lbs (19kg) when he was checked into the wildlife centre in Chachoengsao in central Thailand, but has shed some of the weight through a strict diet

However, officers said that the ‘spoiled’ monkey is still aggressive, has attacked visitors and becomes possessive of the teddy bears and toys in his new enclosure.

Navee Changpirom, forest chief at Thailand’s Department of National Parks, said: ‘Godzilla’s weight still exceeds the normal standards of most common macaque monkeys, which is no more than 22lbs (10kg).

‘He also has behavioural problems, because he has too many toys from his previous owner. 

‘He is very possessive of them, guarding them like treasure and not allowing anyone to easily take them. If anyone tries to pick them up, he will grab them back immediately.’

The three-year-old podgy primate was taken to fat camp last month after videos emerged of him chained up at a market in Bangkok, Thailand, where he had been living for more than two years

The three-year-old podgy primate was taken to fat camp last month after videos emerged of him chained up at a market in Bangkok, Thailand, where he had been living for more than two years

The monkey is allowed to eat live crickets - which he chases around his pen - along with dill, lettuce, bird worms, carrots, peanuts, long beans and sunflower seeds

The monkey is allowed to eat live crickets – which he chases around his pen – along with dill, lettuce, bird worms, carrots, peanuts, long beans and sunflower seeds

Godzilla now tips the scales at 37.9lbs (17.2kg) and staff are hopeful that he can regain his fitness with a regime of daily walks to get his weight down to 22lbs (10kg) before being released back into the wild

Godzilla now tips the scales at 37.9lbs (17.2kg) and staff are hopeful that he can regain his fitness with a regime of daily walks to get his weight down to 22lbs (10kg) before being released back into the wild

However, Changpirom said the chunky primate had adjusted well to his next diet and was particularly enjoying ‘dill, followed by lettuce.

‘He also likes crickets and bird worms, which are rich in protein.’

Video emerged last month of the three-year-old podgy primate chained up at a market in Bangkok, Thailand, where he had been living for more than two years while being fed by passing shoppers. 

Footage sparked fears for the monkey’s health due to his resemblance to the late ‘Uncle Fatty’ who died in 2019 after being ‘killed with kindness’ by being fed by humans.

However, officers at the wildlife centre said that the 'spoiled' monkey is still aggressive, has attacked visitors and becomes possessive of the teddy bears and toys in his new enclosure

However, officers at the wildlife centre said that the ‘spoiled’ monkey is still aggressive, has attacked visitors and becomes possessive of the teddy bears and toys in his new enclosure

Godzilla reportedly has behavioural problems sparked by being given too many toys by his previous owner, according to Navee Changpirom, forest chief at Thailand's Department of National Parks

Godzilla reportedly has behavioural problems sparked by being given too many toys by his previous owner, according to Navee Changpirom, forest chief at Thailand’s Department of National Parks 

Wildlife officials visited the market in the Min Buri district of the Thai capital on March 25 and Godzilla was carried away in a cage

Wildlife officials visited the market in the Min Buri district of the Thai capital on March 25 and Godzilla was carried away in a cage

Godzilla's former owner Manop Emsan said the monkey's parents were killed by a car when he was a baby and a previous owner had abandoned him

Godzilla’s former owner Manop Emsan said the monkey’s parents were killed by a car when he was a baby and a previous owner had abandoned him

Wildlife officials visited the market in the Min Buri district of the Thai capital on March 25 and Godzilla was carried away in a cage. 

Changpirom said: ‘We received a report from someone who was concerned about the health of the monkey.

‘Our investigation then found the owner. He said that he brought the monkey home and took great care of it like one of his family own members. He and his family fed the monkey so well that it became fat. 

‘Sometimes marketgoers would find the monkey cute and would also feed it. The monkey became a favourite attraction at the market.’

Godzilla’s former owner Manop Emsan said the monkey’s parents were killed by a car when he was a baby and a previous owner had abandoned him.

He kept the monkey as a pet – illegal under the country’s wildlife laws – and let him snack all day while he ran his stall selling meatballs. 

Passing shoppers would also stop and feed the monkey fruit, nuts, sweets and sugary syrup drinks.

Emsan kept the monkey as a pet - illegal under the country's wildlife laws - and let him snack all day while he ran his stall selling meatballs

Passing shoppers would also stop and feed the monkey fruit, nuts, sweets and sugary syrup drinks

Emsan kept the monkey as a pet – illegal under the country’s wildlife laws – and let him snack all day while he ran his stall selling meatballs. Passing shoppers would also stop and feed the monkey fruit, nuts, sweets and sugary syrup drinks

Former owner Emsan will be allowed to visit Godzilla while he is being cared for but the primate will ultimately have to be released back into woodland, where he can interact with other monkeys

Former owner Emsan will be allowed to visit Godzilla while he is being cared for but the primate will ultimately have to be released back into woodland, where he can interact with other monkeys

Wildlife official Phuwanak Krumnoi, who helped to collect the primate, said Godzilla was 'critically obese' when he was discovered and urgently needed to be put on a diet

 Wildlife official Phuwanak Krumnoi, who helped to collect the primate, said Godzilla was ‘critically obese’ when he was discovered and urgently needed to be put on a diet

Wildlife official Phuwanak Krumnoi, who helped to collect the primate, said Godzilla was ‘critically obese’ when he was discovered and urgently needed to be put on a diet. 

Former owner Emsan will be allowed to visit Godzilla while he is being cared for but the primate will ultimately have to be released back into woodland, where he can interact with other monkeys.

Devastated Emsan said: ‘Godzilla is like a son to me. He’s part of the family. He won’t eat if he’s not with us, he becomes moody and sad. I’m worried he won’t survive.’

However, Changpirom said: ‘The monkey was handed over to the National Park team to take care of him and prevent him from gaining more weight.

‘We have to remind people that if they find a wild monkey they should never keep them. The correct step is to call the local police and wait for officials to collect the animal and give proper care.’

Uncle Fatty was a wild monkey whose weight ballooned to 59.5lbs (27kg) after gorging 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 going missing and presumed dead.

Uncle Fatty (pictured) was sent to 'fat camp' but was last seen in June 2019

Uncle Fatty (pictured), weighed more than 4st and is now presumed dead

Uncle Fatty was sent to ‘fat camp’ but was last seen in June 2019 before going missing and is presumed dead. He tipped the scales at more than 59.5lbs (27kg)

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