If you've ever struggled with a junk food addition, then you'll probably identify with Uncle Fat, a morbidly obese Bangkok monkey who was recently captured and put on a diet after images of him went viral on social media.
Uncle Fat is three times the weight of a normal macaque due to the fact that he's been gorging on soda and snacks given to him (or left behind by) tourists. As leader of his pack, he also had other monkeys fetch him his favorite foods, which he then sometimes redistributed among the group. A noble oligarch indeed.
Upon reading about Uncle Fat, many Twitter users saw a glimpse of themselves.
My autobiography has been published https://t.co/WtxweUlLqG— Same Old Disco (@NiamhMcDisco) May 19, 2017
This is the mythical "Friday Monkey." Retweet to have a great weekend. Keep scrolling to have a terrible weekend. pic.twitter.com/CwTHoFTDMc— CAFE (@cafedotcom) May 19, 2017
Others, meanwhile, didn't see the big deal—why not embrace the fat?
"Thai primate conservation group 'Monkey Lovers' said today that Uncle was not sick - he was just fat" https://t.co/6FkLTDy5Sx— Jason Park (@DrPatariro) May 19, 2017
😂😂😂 aww let that fat ass monkey be glorious and die happy..fuck a monkey gotta be on a diet for??? https://t.co/KluTGmqzfG— Mrs. Malbec (@teachwinerepeat) May 19, 2017
@WorldofIsaac imagine carrying a monkey for 9 mos. & naming it "the obese monkey". he has a name, and it's "uncle fat". have some respect— Jeff Van Kundi (@uselesstinsel) May 19, 2017
For now, at least, Uncle Fat will be kept on a strict diet of fruit, veggies, and lean protein. Once he reaches a healthier weight, his rescuers will consider setting him free again, at which point he faces the greatest danger of all: a junk food relapse. Stay strong, you little scamp.