PRIMATES AS PETS – BABY MONKEY NEED MILK
Animated, intelligent, eerily “human,” monkeys are among the most fascinating animals on our planet. That’s why monkeys would seem to make delightful pets. But, unlike dogs or cats, primates (all monkeys and apes) have not evolved over thousands of years to live compatibly with humans. Monkeys are not domestic pets. They are wild animals ill-equipped to adapt to the alien world of their human cousins. Keeping primates happy and healthy in captivity is difficult, expensive and time-consuming.
Never forget that a monkey is a wild animal. Like raccoons, their infant friendliness fades as they reach adulthood, when they become aggressive and can attack with the slightest provocation. Most monkeys you see on television or out in public are very young; adults are rarely seen outside of a cage. Even hand-rearing an infant primate does not stop this natural change in behavior. In fact, depriving a baby monkey of a normal relationship with its mother and family group can result in a lifetime of neurotic behavior.
Contact the appropriate regulatory agencies in your area (e.g. fish and game, animal control, health department) to learn of restrictions concerning individuals keeping non-human primates. Some cities and states prohibit the keeping of some or all primates, while others require special permits. Don’t wait until you have a monkey to learn it’s against the law in your city or state.
THIS VIDEO RECORDED AT MARCH 2017,
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