Thursday, September 09, 2010

Obese Orangutan Oshine Latest Addition To Monkey World

The latest addition at Purbeck’s Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre holds the unenviable title of the largest orang-utan in Britain.

Oshine, a morbidly obese adult female, weighs in at a massive 100kg, which is double her natural bodyweight.

Experts say Oshine piled on the pounds because of her unnatural lifestyle – she was kept as a pet for 13 years in South Africa and led a sedentary existence.

But a crash diet and plenty of exercise will hopefully work wonders, says Monkey World director Dr Alison Cronin.

“Now that she is at the park, we have her on a healthy diet of vegetables and fruits and she is getting a lot more exercise climbing through the specially designed, two story orang-utan creche,” said Dr Cronin.

“It will take a few months for Oshine to reach a more appropriate weight and then she will be ready to meet a new man and consider a family of her own.”

Full story here.

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