Obese monkey that went on diet will be released into wild

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A once-obese primate is going to be released back into the wilderness — even though he’s still a chunky monkey.

The beast, named “Uncle Fatty,” has been on a three-month-long diet, shrinking his girth from 59.5 pounds to 54.5 pounds — so an 8.4-percent weight loss, zookeepers in Bangkok said.

“His tummy no more drags on the floor,” Natanon Panpetch, a vet at the Wildlife Conservation Office, told the southeast Asian news website Coconuts. “He is in a perfect health and ready to be released. He has grown accustomed to the organic foods.”

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