30.9.09

MR BUMBLE

Oh bless, again!

A podgy skunk gorged itself so much on
bacon sarnies that it's been put on
a strict veggie diet.

Mr Bumble's love of pork resulted in him
ballooning to a dangerous 6.35 kg (one stone)
- double the ideal weight for a healthy skunk.

He was having a swell time, but his clueless
owners eventually handed their beloved pet over
to the RSPCA when they realised they
couldn't cope with his size.

At Tropiquaria animal park near Watchet, Somerset,
his waistline has been put under strict observation.
A regime of vegetables, bananas and melon and
two half-hour walks a day has resulted in Mr
Bumble shedding the flab.


Park owner Chris Noisier said: "We're now working on
dieting him down to what he should be and clearly
bacon butties are not a normal part of a skunk's diet
in the wild. He is getting to meet lots of new people
so there's lots going on in his life and
I suspect it's making up for the lack of
his old favourite food."


A skunk's natural diet in the wild mainly consists
of carrion, insects, mice and a range of greenery.
The animals are native to North America, but
have become popular as house pets in the UK.


EDIT 22.12.2009: Mr Bumble's diet worked,
he has already lost 4.4lb (2kg)
!


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