I’ll be a Monkey’s Uncle
That phrase originated from the Scopes Money Trial (1926) and it was seen in printed form in 1930. The Scopes Monkey Trial was Scopes Versus the State of Tennessee. That case tested the Butler Act, which declared it unlawful to teach any theory that denies the Bible’s version of Divine Creation.
Now on to more monkey business…..
Is it legal to keep a monkey as a pet?
Owning a pet monkey is only legal in 9 of the 50 states. If you plan on getting a monkey for a pet, you need to first find out if it is legal or not in your state. Even if it is legal, you have to check on what permits are required and if there are any inspections that your home and property will have to undergo.
Is it expensive to keep a monkey as a pet?
Yes, any animal is expensive to keep and so is a monkey. Just as with any other ‘pet’ you need to provide food, shelter and medical attention. The monkey may require a special diet.
Are monkeys aggressive or docile?
Primates are naturally aggressive. A little baby monkey may be cute, but you have to remember it is a wild animal and when it grows up it will be a full grown wild animal. Monkeys have been known to bite their owners, the person they are the closest to, without reason or being provoked. A monkey raised without socialization with other monkeys can become mentally disturbed and will act in a self-destructive manner.
Do monkeys need special housing?
You need to have a secure enclosure for a monkey. The monkey should be able to spend a considerable amount of time outside. Therefore, your yard needs to be secure and contain enough exercise equipment to keep it occupied and stimulated. Rope and tire swings are some examples of play and exercise equipment.
How much does it cost to buy a monkey?
Monkeys are being offered for sale online starting at about $1,500 all the way to $50,000.
Does it make sense overall to have a pet monkey?
No, absolutely it does not make sense. Although it has been done, and is being done currently, it is not a good living arrangement for the animal. It can turn out to be a dangerous situation for the owner and others who may be around the monkey.
Use common sense. There are much better pets available than monkeys. If you feel the need to have a pet as a substitute for a child, get a dog or a cat. Monkeys belong in the wild, not in your backyard or living room.