Oshine the overweight orangutan put on healthy diet

The obese orangutan is the latest addition to Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Purbeck, Dorset and she’s an attraction worth weighting for.
Oshine weighs in at 100kg – double the bodyweight that she should be registering – and experts reckon her lifestyle as a pet for 13 years in South Africa is the reason behind her obesity.

Her new diet will include plenty of fruit, vegetables and lots of monkeying about, exercising, rather than sweets and unhealthy foods.

Monkey World director Dr Alison Cronin said: ‘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 crèche.’

‘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.’
Oshine’s weight also caused difficulty on her journey over from South Africa, explained Dr Cronin.

‘The long haul journey for such a delicate endangered species such as an orang-utan is fraught with difficulties and danger.

‘With Oshine’s weight problem we were especially concerned about her travel arrangements and making sure that the journey was stress-free and safe.’

To accommodate Oshine, a specially-designed transport crate was designed – an environment she was introduced to days before making the trip to the UK.

Dr Cronin added: ‘Getting to know her, making friends and playing in the travel crate days ahead of the journey made a real difference, as we did not have to anaesthetise Oshine to get her to go into her travelling crate.’

Although she is currently in the orangutan crèche, Oshine will make the move to one of Monkey World’s two orangutan breeding groups once she loses weight.


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    Ammara said,

    an obese monkey who eats sweets?
    i mean really people! 😛

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