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Zoo: Bananas not healthy for monkeys

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LONDON — Monkeys and bananas. It’s as natural a pairing as squirrels and nuts or movies and popcorn.

Not any more, says one zoo in southwest England.

Paignton Zoo in Devon is grabbing bananas out of its monkeys’ hands, giving them leafy veggies and sprouts instead.

This is no monkey-business diet fad, though.

MonkeyThe zoo says the high calorie and sugar content of bananas grown for human consumption — which are sweeter than those found in the wild — are bad for the monkeys’ health and can rot their teeth.

“Bananas grown for human consumption are full of sugar and calories, and bear no relation to fruit grown organically,” said zoo spokesman Philip Knowling.

“Life in the wild is hard work and in a zoo you can sometimes look after the animals too well and it isn’t good for their health.”

Thicker, better fur

Humans can continue gobbling up their bananas, just keep them away from monkeys.

“Sweet and juicy bananas are good for humans but not for monkeys,” Knowling said. “Animal nutrition has become a problem. Bananas and monkeys is a bit of a cliche, but they’re not a good combination.”

The zoo has not been able to find a supplier for the kind of wild-grown bananas that would be more suitable for the monkeys, he said. So, it decided it was time to put them back on the shelf.

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3 comments

  • joe

    I don't believe them, it's just theory of some person which will be flip flopped over and over again just like everything else they say is bad, then is good, then bad, then good, then bad, then good.

  • Gary Winfinity

    This shit is bananas.

    "They simply are much more sugary than the sort of fruits monkeys would have in the wild," (ignorant.
    How does fruit damage teeth? How??? What's wrong with sugar??? See my vid to find out) My funny rant:

    After all these years, Bananas are suddenly a problem (now, at the peak of the "Paleo diet"s popularity. ie anti-carb, pro-fat) It's part of the diet conspiracy that's scaring people away from carbs ——— to whats left: protein and fat(what comes to mind?)