Uncle Fatty: Famed big eater of the monkey world

Uncle Fatty: Famed big eater of the monkey world

Uncle Fatty doing what he loves to do the most, eat.  (Source: Facebook of คนรักลิงหัวใจแกร่ง)
Uncle Fatty doing what he loves to do the most, eat. (Source: Facebook of คนรักลิงหัวใจแกร่ง)

Shocking eating habits of this famous monkey led to his relocation to a wildlife rescue center to check on his health.


Uncle Fatty: Famed big eater of the monkey world

Government wildlife officials jumped into action this week to help a very fat monkey.

The long-tailed macaque weighed a whopping 15 kilogrammes twice the average 8 to 10 kilogrammes.

The huge distended belly of the monkey looked like it acted as a severe impediment to walking.

Uncle Fatty in different poses from just ate a big meal and can hardly move to time to play with the kiddies.

The monkey lives near a floating market in Bangkok’s Bang Khun Thien area.

He had apparently gained weight and ballooned to his present gigantic size from just sitting there all day long and eating all the little treats that people feed him as they walk past him.

Officials at the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department first injected a sedative to calm the big monkey.

Then they transported him to a wildlife rescue center (wildlife sanctuary, wildlife reserve) in Nakhon Nayok where the monkey's health will be checked and monitored.

Many a human non-monkey probably wishes such lavish care was bestowed upon them as well.

One big monkey, he is (Source: Facebook)


 The fat little monkey turns out to be a rather famous monkey too, nicknamed Uncle Fatty.

He is famous in the local monkey world as a senior monkey who looks after all the baby junior monkeys:

"The babies love climbing on him because he always has food hidden under his fat stomach."

"Uncle Fatty is not ill, he’s just old and doesn't like to move."

"Only sometimes people will see him teach younger monkeys how to climb and swim."

This is according to Coconuts Bangkok translating a Facebook page in the Thai language, see here & here.

The Facebook Group works to keep the monkeys free and roaming around in the Bang Khun Thian area and preventing monkey's from being caged or removed by people or the government.

Local monkey hangout by the monkey statue (Source: Facebook of คนรักลิงหัวใจแกร่ง)




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  • according to (prep): as stated or reported by somebody/something - ตามคำบอกเล่า, ตามรายงาน
  • all day long: for the whole day, from beginning to end -
  • apparently: based only on what you have heard or think, not on what you are certain is true; seemingly - ตามที่ได้รู้มา
  • as well: also, too - อีกด้วย
  • average: an amount calculated by adding several amounts together, finding a total, and dividing the total by the number of amounts - เฉลี่ย, ค่าเฉลี่ย
  • balloon (verb): to become larger -
  • belly (noun): the area on the skin on the outside of the body near the stomach -
  • bestowed: (of something valuable or important) given - มอบให้
  • cage (verb): to put or keep an animal/a person in a cage - ใส่ในกรง
  • calm: to cause to be peaceful and quiet; without anxiety - ทำให้ใจเย็น,ทำให้ไม่ตื่นเต้น, ทำให้สงบ
  • climb: go up, rise, ascend - ขึ้น
  • famous: very well known - มีชื่อเสียง
  • floating (adj): resting or moving slowly on the surface of a liquid and not sinking; lighter than air, and moving slowly through it - ลอยบนผิวน้ำหรือในอากาศ
  • gigantic: extremely large - มหึมา ใหญ่โต
  • hidden (adjective): when something was put in a place where people cannot see or find it - ที่ซ่อนไว้
  • huge: very large - ใหญ่โต
  • impediment: barrier; something that stops people from going into a place - สิ่งกีดขวางทางผ่าน
  • inject: to put a drug or another substance into your body through the skin - ฉีดยา
  • junior: to be younger than somebody, by the number of years mentioned - ที่อายุอ่อนกว่า
  • lavish: more than enough, especially if expensive - ฟุ่มเฟือย
  • local: in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น
  • national park (noun): a park run by the government of a country - สวนสาธารณะแห่งชาติ, อุทยานแห่งชาติ
  • National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (noun): an agency of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in charge of the promotion, care and conservation of national forests and wildlife - กรมอุทยานแห่งชาติ สัตว์ป่า และพันธุ์พืช
  • nickname: an informal name for someone or something, especially a name which you are called by your friends or family, usually based on your proper name or your character - ชื่อเล่น
  • obesity: being overweight, which can have a negative effect on health -
  • officials: people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • present (adjective): this time, happening now, happening currently - ปัจจุบันนี้
  • prevent (verb): to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, ป้องกัน, กัน, กีดขวาง
  • probably (adv): likely อย่างน่าจะเป็นไปได้, อย่างค่อนข้างแน่, อย่างน่าเชื่อแน่ว่า - อย่างน่าจะเป็นไปได้, อย่างค่อนข้างแน่, อย่างน่าเชื่อแน่ว่า
  • remove (verb): to take something away - เอาออกจาก
  • rescue: saving a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - การช่วยชีวิต
  • roam: to move or travel around in no particular direction - เดินทางท่องเที่ยวโดยปราศจากจุดหมาย
  • roaming: the ability to connect to the Internet or to use your mobile phone when you are travelling, without having to make long-distance or international phone calls -
  • sedative (noun): a drug that makes somebody go to sleep or makes them feel calm and relaxed - ยาระงับประสาท
  • senior: with a high rank or position - อาวุโส
  • severe: very serious and unpleasant - รุนแรง
  • translate: to express the meaning of speech or writing in a different language - แปล
  • transport: moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง
  • treat: something very pleasant and enjoyable, especially food - อาหารที่น่ารับประทาน
  • turns out: to be discovered to be; to prove to be - กลับกลายเป็น
  • whopping (adj): very large - ใหญ่โต
  • wildlife: animals, birds, insects, etc. that are wild and live in a natural environment - สัตว์ป่า
  • wildlife reserve (noun): an area where wild animals/plants are protected - เขตรักษาพันธุ์สัตว์ป่า
  • wildlife sanctuary: a place where birds or animals can live and be protected, especially from hunters or dangerous conditions - เขตสงวนพันธุ์สัตว์ป่า
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