why do i desperately want a baby monkey as a pet and what does it mean?

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i mean, if i could get one that was rejected by her mother or an orphan. i keep thinking about it all the time and can’t stop. i think about putting her (i want a girl) in a laundry basket as a crib and covering her with a blanket and rocking the basket and teaching her sight language. is this normal?

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    5 Responses to “why do i desperately want a baby monkey as a pet and what does it mean?”

    1. jad62 says:

      If you’re a teenage girl in the struggle of growing up and trying to figure out all the changing that’s happening, yeah. In the meantime,consider the difficulty in this, and see if you can get work at a zoo. Then, too, there are plenty of people who need help in all ways; so think about volunteering.

    2. Petit Choufleur says:

      People like dogs, monkeys and babies because they are dependent on them. Animals and babies NEED you so it makes you feel fulfilled and important. It’s very normal, but it’s not normal to buy a monkey to fill this need! Are you generally happy in your life? You have plenty of friends, close family and interests?

      You’re going to be a mom that has a hard time when your child goes off to college, beware! Try getting a doggie? =)

    3. gldjns says:

      I think you have a strong maternal instinct that will make you a wonderful mother some day. As for now, you could practice by babysitting, and pretend the child in your care is your own child. As far as baby monkeys are concerned, they do not really make good pets even though they resemble humans in their looks and actions; i.e., they don’t always walk around on all fours like other animals. But that’s where the similarity ends, because monkeys are wild creatures, and unlike domestic animals, do not do well in captivity. They could turn on you and cause injuries. And yes, you are normal. You just want something or someone to love and nurture. You might be too old for baby dolls, but you can rock them in a basket and pretend they are a real baby until the day when you have a live one of your own. Heck, I can remember pretending I was having dozens of kids until I actually had a real one. And the pretend ones are much easier to take care of…….

    4. ptaylor says:

      Yes, it is normal. But you are probably very lonely and bored. Monkeys are cool though! Get one!

    5. monkey says:

      You probably have a very strong maternal instinct that’s becoming a bit mis-directed. There are a lot of people that experience this and then really do try to substitute a pet monkey for a real baby, but this leads to a lot of suffering and really should not be done. If you are serious about actually getting a baby monkey, here’s my advice:

      There are groups that actively advocate what they call ‘responsible ownership’ of primates, but these groups are usually largely concerned more with the maintenance of their ‘right’ to keep monkeys than with the welfare of the monkeys themselves. Groups and individuals that are seriously concerned with the welfare of individual monkeys as well as with human safety and conservation of threatened wild primate species inevitably agree: monkeys are not pets.

      There is no such thing as a ‘domestic’ primate – all primates (apart from humans!) are wild animals. Domestication is a process that happens over many generations of selective breeding. Simply being born in captivity does NOT mean domestication!

      Chances are, upon reaching adolescence, pet monkeys will become unmanageable, unpredictable and dangerous as they try to assert themselves and as their natural instincts kick in and they do not know what to do with them. Their owners and their owners’ friends and families are at real risk of serious injury. Even small monkeys can be dangerous as they are strong, quick and clever. Pet monkeys who have become threats are often confined to small cages to live out the remainder of their lives with no further hope of social contact.

      In order to be kept as pets, primates are usually taken from their mothers as infants – whereas they would naturally depend on their mothers for long periods of time, and would maintain close bonds for years. This separation causes acute psychological suffering and lasting damage to both mothers and infants. This also makes infant monkeys particularly needy and responsive to human interaction – which is often mistaken for happiness by their new ‘owners’.

      All primates are social animals. Denied the opportunity to interact with others of their own kind, pet primates often develop serious psychological problems such as severe aggression, depression, and/or stereotypical behaviours such as rocking, pacing and self-mutilation.

      Primates have physical and psychological needs which are very difficult to meet in captive situations, such as the need for high levels of intense natural light; the need for vertical space; the need for constant mental stimulation; and the need for an appropriate diet. They are built perfectly for survival in their natural habitats, and are not suited to lives of confinement and solitude.

      Wild primates spend a huge portion of their waking hours travelling and foraging in search of food. They urinate and defecate wherever they happen to be. In the home, this translates into destruction and mess.

      Some primates can live for forty or fifty years – a factor which is rarely taken into consideration by prospective pet owners. When pet monkeys outlive their owners (or their owners’ finances or patience!), provisions must be made for their future – but sanctuaries are few and many of these are filled to capacity.

      Some primates are known to be carriers of diseases which can and do get passed on to humans. The Simian Herpes B virus – which is carried by a “high percentage of macaques” and is “almost always fatal to humans”- is not reliably detectable by testing. Additionally, diseases which seem inconsequential to humans can infect and kill monkeys.

      All primates are threatened in the wild. The keeping of pet monkeys in places like the USA and the UK appears to have a negative impact on wild populations, whether directly (to feed these trades) or indirectly (by setting examples… if people in America can keep monkeys as pets, why shouldn’t people in habitat countries?).

      Why would anybody choose to keep monkeys as pets in light of all of the above? It is clearly not in the interest of any monkey to be kept as a pet – it is a selfish act that causes all kinds of misery. Monkeys there to satisfy the maternal instincts of human beings. Please do not do it.

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