Photo of obese monkey prompts calls for visitors to stop feeding Formosan macaques

The county's agricultural department said it’s sad to see fat Formosan macaques of sort in photo

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/04/13
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Formosan macaques at the Dengxian Bridge in Taitung County (蔡煥棟 photo) (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A photo posted on Facebook on Saturday (April 11) showing an obese Formosan macaque at a popular attraction in Taiwan’s eastern county of Taitung prompted many social media users to respond, including many calls for visitors to stop feeding the wild monkeys.

Facebook user Tsai Huan-dong (蔡煥棟) posted a photo of three Formosan macaques, with one being particularly fat, and captioned the photo “The fatty at Dengxian Bridge of the Donghe-Fuli Highway.” The post prompted comments from other users, including “Really too fat,” “So fat,” “Eat too well,” and “Sad to watch…don’t feed again,” CNA reported.

The county’s agricultural department said that the county put in place regulations four years ago that stipulate fines of up to NT$10,000 (US$334) for those caught feeding wild monkeys.

However, according to the department, no tickets have yet been issued, as it’s not easy to catch violators.    [FULL  STORY]

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