Fattest macaque dies from obesity-related illnesses

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Godzilla, a very obese macaque, recently breathed his last breath at in Bangkok, at only six years old, while suffering from diabetes, thyroid disease and Cushing’s Syndrome, all due to his unhealthy diet. Macaques can live up to 37 years in captivity.

His owner is facing criticism for killing the young macaque with kindness by indulging his addiction to sweets and other fattening treats. He was a popular attraction at their market stall, where tourists would pass by the vest-wearing primate and feed him all kinds of junk food, which led to him ballooning to over 19 kilogrammes, more than double the weight of an average macaque.

World’s oldest sloth turns 54

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Jan, a Lin­ne’s two-toed sloth residing at the Krefeld Zoo in Germany, was estimated to have been about six months old when he was found in the wild in South America on May 1, 1986, making him at least 54 years old. Jan has lived in the zoo since 1986.

Jan holds the Guinness World Records for the oldest living sloth in captivity and the oldest sloth in captivity ever. Linne’s two-toed sloths typically live for about 20 years, so Jan has more than doubled his life expectancy. Zoo officials said Jan remains in great health and just fathered his 22nd child.

Man breaks record for building Star Wars Lego set

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A Canadian man combined his love of Lego and Star Wars by building the 7,541-piece Millennium Falcon in a record-breaking time of 7 hours, 36 minutes and 37 seconds.

Ivan Yu of Markham, Ontario, earned the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to build the Lego Star Wars model 75192 Millennium Falcon.

“The actual building process was really fun, and I think the Lego designers did a fantastic job of making this giant build an enjoyable process,” Yu told Guinness World Records.

Yu said he didn’t really feel any fatigue while building the massive Lego space ship.

50,000 bees behind the wall!

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A North Carolina woman said her three-year-old daughter’s insistence that there was a ‘monster’ lurking behind her bedroom wall led to the discovery of more than 50,000 bees.

Ashley Class and her husband initially thought their daughter was merely imagining the presence of a monster in the closet of her farmhouse bedroom. It wasn’t until after numerous incidents, where she and her husband started spotting bees, that beekeeper Curtis Collins was called to the home. They got a scare when he used a thermal imaging camera on the wall and found an enormous beehive that hosted more than 50,000 bees.

The hive and bees were carefully removed, but left Class with a $20,000 home repair bill that her insurance refused to cover.

Published in Dawn, Young World, May 25th, 2024

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