|Obese skunk put on vegetarian diet to battle bacon addiction
|Mr. Bumble the skunk loves his bacon sandwiches, but his new
owners have put him on a vegetarian diet to help shed the extra weight
they’ve added to his frame.
|At 14 pounds, Mr. Bumble is twice his ideal weight. His previous
owners, who indulged his love for pork, gave him to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and he
now lives at Tropiquaria animal park near Watchet, Somerset, where he’s
fed fruit and vegetables.
|His new healthy diet, along with a daily exercise regimen, should
help him shed the extra 7 pounds that have made his naturally sleek
body so rotund. Skunks’ natural diet in the wild is made up of insects,
mice, greenery, and dead animals.
|We’re putting him on the vegetarian option at the moment. It’s
very much like a human weight-watching issue. 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 favorite food.”