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Chunky monkey Oshine is one super slimmer at Bovington ape sanctuary


Thursday 29th December 2011

A New Year’s resolution for Britain’s fattest orang-utan has paid off after she lost a quarter of her body weight.

Tubby Oshine tipped the scales at 100kg – more than double her natural weight – and after switching to a new regime has lost 25kg over the past year.

Oshine before her weight loss

The 14-year-old ape has cut out sweets, jelly and marshmallows and instead tucks into a healthy diet of fruit, vegetables and plenty of exercise.

Oshine arrived at Monkey World, near Bovington, last year from Johannesburg in South Africa having been kept as a pet for 13 years.

Her sedentary and unnatural lifestyle meant her weight rocketed. Following intensive work by keepers at the rescue centre, Oshine has lost a quarter of her weight, is exercising and is now living with five other orang-utans.

She is also scaling a 20-metre climbing frame and has even adopted an orphaned baby orang-utan named Silvestre. “The O-diet has worked amazingly well for Oshine,” said director Dr Alison Cronin.

She has steadily lost a quarter of her body weight, amounting to 25kg over the year, and without it being too hard on her.

“Oshine has been eating a healthy diet of fruit, vegetables and lean protein, the same as the rest of our orang-utans.

“Combined with the exercise of climbing and playing with the youngsters in our orang-utan creche, she is much healthier and a lot more active.

“Oshine still has 20 more kilos to lose but we are so happy for her and pleased that her health has improved.”

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