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Friday, February 18, 2011

Zoo's Fat Gorillas Are Dropping Pounds

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 4:42 PM

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Three years ago we found out that the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's gorillas were not only fat, but suffering from heart disease. Cool, just like the rest of us.

Mokolo and Bebac needed help, like Weight Watchers or a stomach stapling or something. Animal experts came up with something a little easier — a simple change of diet. More specifically, the elimination of sugar.

Guess what? It's working. (Whaddya know: not eating crap actually works to make you healthier. Who knew?) Each has dropped about 65 pounds even as they are eating twice as many calories a day. Of course, those calories are coming from vegetables, so it's totally cool if not totally less delicious.

The most interesting development in the diet change isn't just that the gorillas are healthier and slimmer, it's that they've stopped spitting up, eating, and re-spitting up their food.

A blog from Case elaborates:

Whether to taste sugar again and again, or to take up time not spent foraging or because large amounts of sugar and starch didn’t sit well; on the old diet, the gorillas would repeatedly spit up and then eat what they’d just spit up.

“That behavior has been completely eliminated with the new diet,” Less said.

Yummy, right? We'll leave you with that image for the rest of the weekend. Try not to think about it if you see a severely overweight person eating a fast food burger or anything. Trust us.

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