Fat Malaysian orangutan put on diet

Jul 06, 2013, 05:33 IST | Agencies

An obese orangutan has been put on a strict diet by Malaysian wildlife authorities after two decades of gorging on junk food handed out by tourists

Jackie reportedly weighs 101 kg, twice the normal weight of an adult female in the rich jungle habitats of Borneo island.

The 22-year-old ape was relocated more than three months ago by the wildlife department in the state of Sabah -- which lies in the northeast of Borneo -- because visitors to the Poring forestry park kept feeding her.

Department director Laurentius Ambu was quoted as saying that Jackie’s familiarity with her human carers led her to seek out tourists at the park’s visitors’ area.
“I am glad that Jackie is a much happier orangutan now,” Ambu said.

Officials could not be immediately reached for comment but Ambu was reported as saying Jackie’s weight-loss programme would ‘take time’.
The primate’s new diet is said to include more leafy vegetables and fruit.

Experts believe that between 50,000 and 60,000 orangutans are left in the wild, 80 per cent of them in Indonesia and the rest in Malaysia.

101 kg
The weight of Jackie, the obese orangutan

The total number of orangutans left in the wild

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