Pet stores do not stock them but the Internet features copious breeders who offer baby pet monkeys for sale. Cute, adorable and just as cuddly as real babies could be, remember that pet monkeys grow up to be adults. Learn about the dangers of bringing monkey home.
A Chimpanzee is Not a Monkey
Although belonging to the order of primates, chimpanzees are not pet monkeys but instead great apes. Online or offline pet stores that deal in exotics do not always make the difference clear.
Not surprisingly, when the late Michael Jackson sported Bubbles the chimpanzee in his arms, baby pet monkeys for sale were much sought after – even though they frequently turned out to be apes. It is noteworthy that chimps and monkeys have a completely different disposition, and as a general rule of thumb, grown chimpanzees are singularly unsuited(1) to become pets.
Pet Monkeys Can Give Your Herpes
Pet health is a huge issue whenever there is a chance that a disease may move from animal to human and vice versa. In the case of the cute little baby pet monkeys for sale, these animals grow up to become health risks and can transmit herpes B as well as hepatitis(2). It is possible to protect against the monkeypox with a smallpox vaccine. Bacterial and fungal infections also present a risk not only to pet health but also to the human occupants of homes housing pet monkeys.
Baby Pet Monkeys Grow Up, Turn into Teens and Become Aggressive
Just like chimpanzees are adorable as infants, baby pet monkeys for sale are hard to resist due to their inherent cuteness and helplessness. Much like human infants, they enjoy being cared for and cuddled. What pet stores at times fail to disclose is the inevitable fact that pet monkeys grow up and shed some of these adorable qualities. Monkey Matters Magazine(3) likens a growing and maturing monkey to a “difficult child.”
Aggression becomes a normal aspect of pet monkeys’ behavior and it is not uncommon for families to have to relegate handling of the animal to one – favored – human. Aside from spatial and time considerations, keep in mind that pet monkeys do not deal very well with change and if the family moves frequently or there are copious changes within the household, this can easily result in bringing out the worst in monkey.
Counteracting Human Denial (one bite at a time)
National Geographic(4) outlines that pet monkeys become aggressive as they reach puberty. This natural behavior is part and parcel of the innate need to fit into the pecking order of the group. In the wild, dominance ensures food, mates and safety.
Although bred in labs and by breeders, this trait is not likely to be removed. Add to this the fact that housing monkeys takes a great deal of money, care, preparation and dedication, and it makes sense that the animals act out sooner or later. Unlike unwanted dogs or cats, pet monkeys cannot generally be relinquished to a shelter or sold via an ad in the paper.
Think twice before falling for that ‘baby pet monkeys for sale’ ad!