No More Monkey Business.

Hello,

Happy Sunday to you.

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Today we are going to dine upon a crispy duck with pancakes, plum sauce, cucumber and spring onions.

It is quite a favourite with Big H and I now and you can cook the duck as crispy as you desire, and in Big H’s case that is very very crispy.

Perhaps not a normal British Sunday dinner, but very tasty.

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Talking about preferred diets, what about the overweight South African pet Orangutan called Oshine.

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She had been kept as a pet there for 13 years and her owners had kept her happy in her inactive lifestyle by feeding her with lots of junk foods such as burger and chips, crisps,Gummi Bears and marshmallows.

Unfortunately this had resulted in the poor creature weighing almost 16 stones, which is about twice the normal weight of this primate in natural circumstances, with a proper diet and lots of exercise.

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Eventually, in 2008, the owner got into contact with a sanctuary in called Monkey World which is in Wareham, Dorset.

They agreed to take Oshine and spent many months setting the transfer up.

After getting all the necessary permits in place, the team travelled to South Africa with a special box, to transport the overweight animal back to the UK.

In order to reduce her stress at the move she was allowed to get used to the box for a few days before she was actually put into it for the journey.

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Once arriving at the centre Oshine was put into a special section of the park, which is used as a nursery for the baby Orangutans, where she could get used to being able to climb about at will.

It seems that she had never actually seen another of her own species before arriving at Monkey World but the hope is that she will eventually integrate, mate, and become a breeding female.

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The Director of the rescue centre said that it would take some months before the very overweight animal could reach a more normal weight.

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I imagine she will not be too impressed with the change in diet at first, as junk food is thought to be highly addictive.

Not many gummy bears from now on then!

Ahhhh!

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Have fun yourself.

J.

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Here is a video of Oshine if you would like to see her.

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