Having a monkey as a pet a bad idea?

#1 Edited by indzman (19148 posts) -

A small monkey is lately being seen in our garden in morning looking for fruits or tidbits, its kinda small ( maybe lost from group). We got our own nifty garden where we got banana trees but seasonal. It can live in my garden as long as it wishes. But i got no idea how to tame it, or what it eats (besides bananas) or anything at all on monkeys.

If i try to make it my pet, is it a bad idea OT? What you advise?:)

#2 Edited by Korvus (5516 posts) -

@indzman: Awww, for a second there I thought you were going to adopt some stray person from OT...they deserve a home too!

There's a lot of problems with monkeys as pets from what I've heard. Even if it's legal you might need a permit, and depending on what type of monkey it is, they might be extremely aggressive towards anyone who approaches you, even if it's people you live with or other pets. Not to mention he might live 40 years and it's really hard to give him away after he bonds since they don't take kindly to other people.

Also, I've met some people who do have monkeys as pets and they are just unpredictable (or predictable enough if you remember they're behaving like monkeys)...they bite their owners and destroy things seemingly at random because they get really frustrated out of the blue. It's definitely not the same as having a dog...I for one, would not like to have a monkey...they're only cute the first year or 2...

#3 Posted by indzman (19148 posts) -

@korvus said:

@indzman: Awww, for a second there I thought you were going to adopt some stray person from OT...they deserve a home too!

There's a lot of problems with monkeys as pets from what I've heard. Even if it's legal you might need a permit, and depending on what type of monkey it is, they might be extremely aggressive towards anyone who approaches you, even if it's people you live with or other pets. Not to mention he might live 40 years and it's really hard to give him away after he bonds since they don't take kindly to other people.

Also, I've met some people who do have monkeys as pets and they are just unpredictable...they bite their owners and destroy things seemingly at random because they get really frustrated out of the blue. It's definitely not the same as having a dog...I for one, would not like to have a monkey...they're only cute the first year or 2...

Damn, didn't knew all this. Scary stuff, thanks a lot for the warning korvus, much appreciated :)

P.S - I didn't even think about license stuff, wow ! Hassle.

#4 Posted by Korvus (5516 posts) -

@indzman: After posting I decided to google a bit and see if I wasn't just talking out of my ass. First article I come to, if they are not scare tactics, makes adopting a monkey sound like the worst decision you could make in your life. Destruction, attacks, lawyers, tons of money on vaccines, teeth extraction, claw extraction, castration, etc etc...it's like a horror movie...

http://www.2ndchance.info/monkeysaspets.htm

#5 Posted by indzman (19148 posts) -

@korvus said:

@indzman: After posting I decided to google a bit and see if I wasn't just talking out of my ass. First article I come to, if they are not scare tactics, makes adopting a monkey sound like the worst decision you could make in your life. Destruction, attacks, lawyers, tons of money on vaccines, teeth extraction, claw extraction, castration, etc etc...it's like a horror movie...

http://www.2ndchance.info/monkeysaspets.htm

After reading your articles i got all shooked up ( thought em to be adorable buggers) BUT :

It may remain loving with you, but fly into a jealous rage with other members of your family.

seriously, WTF :(

#6 Posted by Korvus (5516 posts) -

@indzman said:

After reading your articles i got all shooked up ( thought em to be adorable buggers) BUT :

It may remain loving with you, but fly into a jealous rage with other members of your family.

seriously, WTF :(

Just like your psychotic, possessive ex-girlfriend, right? XD

#7 Edited by indzman (19148 posts) -

@korvus said:

@indzman said:

After reading your articles i got all shooked up ( thought em to be adorable buggers) BUT :

It may remain loving with you, but fly into a jealous rage with other members of your family.

seriously, WTF :(

Just like your psychotic, possessive ex-girlfriend, right? XD

I'd kick out any girlfreind if she tries to harm my dad or sister lol. But really thanks a lot for your warning before i made the mistake. The monkey can stay in my garden anytime, i'll feed it too if i get time. But no way i'll make it my pet anymore :)

#8 Edited by Korvus (5516 posts) -

@indzman: It's probably for the best for the both of you. Glad I could help and sorry I didn't have better news to give you.

#9 Posted by elkoldo (1270 posts) -

Indie says ,Korvus replies, Indie says ,Korvus replies, Indie says ,Korvus replies.....

Da faq is this ? A two-man thread ?

#10 Posted by indzman (19148 posts) -

@elkoldo said:

Indie says ,Korvus replies, Indie says ,Korvus replies, Indie says ,Korvus replies.....

Da faq is this ? A two-man thread ?

No.Its a three man thread now ^_^

#11 Posted by Korvus (5516 posts) -

@elkoldo: It was, now you're here.

(Please reply to my message ASAP!)

#12 Edited by indzman (19148 posts) -

@korvus said:

@elkoldo: It was, now you're here.

(Please reply to my message ASAP!)

off topic:

didn't knew elkoldo was moved so much by RW death ( hence the new avi) lol

#13 Posted by ferrari2001 (17159 posts) -

@indzman said:

@elkoldo said:

Indie says ,Korvus replies, Indie says ,Korvus replies, Indie says ,Korvus replies.....

Da faq is this ? A two-man thread ?

No.Its a three man thread now ^_^

Now a 4 man thread!! But on topic, there is a guy that comes into work occasionally with a monkey. In most places they are incredibly expensive. They can also carry potentially deadly diseases so they have to undergo medical testing before you should ever have a monkey as a pet. They can be domesticated but can sometimes be unpredictable. In terms of pets go, monkey can be a decent pet so long as you are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to raise one.

#14 Posted by LostProphetFLCL (17655 posts) -

Monkey's are AWFUL pets. Avoid that situation like the plague...

#15 Edited by sammyjenkis898 (28198 posts) -

"Remember when I had a monkey? ... What was I thinking?"

#16 Posted by SaintLeonidas (26628 posts) -

Name him Marcel.

#17 Posted by Masculus (2877 posts) -

It's a terrible idea. They are often violent and lasting creatures.

#18 Edited by thegerg (15739 posts) -

yes

#19 Edited by elkoldo (1270 posts) -
@korvus said:

@elkoldo: It was, now you're here.

(Please reply to my message ASAP!)

Yes, I'm sorry for interrupting.

I replied soon as I received your message.

@indzman said:

@korvus said:

@elkoldo: It was, now you're here.

(Please reply to my message ASAP!)

off topic:

didn't knew elkoldo was moved so much by RW death ( hence the new avi) lol

Believe it or not ,I can't stop thinking about him,a happy-looking heart-broken man.The avi,I snapped it from one of his last movie appearances, he's saying "It(happiness) will come to you.Have faith."(note the subtitle)That's like an inspiration for me.

On topic ,monkeys can be unfriendly.This dude right here,tried to break my glasses once.

#20 Posted by halffullcup (82 posts) -

Speaking of monkeys, why do monkeys love to break flowerpots in the balcony?

#21 Posted by TheFlush (5591 posts) -

Monkeys are not pets. Just let it live in your garden for as long as he wants.

#22 Posted by Riverwolf007 (24018 posts) -

let wild animals be wild, there are plenty of domesticated animals out there.

pick a pet that can't take care of itself and actually needs help.

#23 Posted by bforrester420 (1770 posts) -

My, admittedly limited, understanding is that it's akin to having a small, very stupid, potentially disease ridden, aggressive human as a pet.

#24 Edited by lamprey263 (24709 posts) -

Just curious, where do you live that you got wild monkeys in your back yard?

Having it in your back yard is like having pets but without the needed responsibility of caring for them, like having birds that come to a bird feeder. Me and my sister growing up used to leave nuts and pieces of bread out on our back porch to feed the squirrels and raccoon. Though we had no desire for them as pets, they'd come up to the window and paw on it to get us to come feed them from time to time. We liked it, they'd have babies and bring them along from time to time wanting food. Then my stupid NRA gun loving uncle moved in and chase them away with our automatic BB gun and they never came back; fucker. I loved the animals though, we wouldn't touch them or try petting them but we'd feed them all the same.

Anyhow, if he's coming there to eat the fruit then grow more fruit in your back yard.

#25 Edited by spaceninja818 (424 posts) -

#26 Posted by indzman (19148 posts) -

@lamprey263 said:

Just curious, where do you live that you got wild monkeys in your back yard?

Having it in your back yard is like having pets but without the needed responsibility of caring for them, like having birds that come to a bird feeder. Me and my sister growing up used to leave nuts and pieces of bread out on our back porch to feed the squirrels and raccoon. Though we had no desire for them as pets, they'd come up to the window and paw on it to get us to come feed them from time to time. We liked it, they'd have babies and bring them along from time to time wanting food. Then my stupid NRA gun loving uncle moved in and chase them away with our automatic BB gun and they never came back; fucker. I loved the animals though, we wouldn't touch them or try petting them but we'd feed them all the same.

Anyhow, if he's coming there to eat the fruit then grow more fruit in your back yard.

India :)

#27 Posted by indzman (19148 posts) -

@elkoldo said:
@korvus said:

@elkoldo: It was, now you're here.

(Please reply to my message ASAP!)

Yes, I'm sorry for interrupting.

I replied soon as I received your message.

@indzman said:

@korvus said:

@elkoldo: It was, now you're here.

(Please reply to my message ASAP!)

off topic:

didn't knew elkoldo was moved so much by RW death ( hence the new avi) lol

Believe it or not ,I can't stop thinking about him,a happy-looking heart-broken man.The avi,I snapped it from one of his last movie appearances, he's saying "It(happiness) will come to you.Have faith."(note the subtitle)That's like an inspiration for me.

On topic ,monkeys can be unfriendly.This dude right here,tried to break my glasses once.

From 'The Angriest man in Brooklyn'?

:(

#28 Posted by elkoldo (1270 posts) -

@indzman: No, from License to Wed.Angriest Man is nearly literally his last performance.

#29 Posted by indzman (19148 posts) -

Ahhh, need to see both of these movies :)

#30 Posted by Korvus (5516 posts) -

@lamprey263: Too bad your uncle ruined it...it seemed like a really nice thing to have, wild animals that would visit occasionally and then move on with their lives =)

#31 Posted by helwa1988 (2113 posts) -

My neighbor has one. He seems friendly but I wouldn't get one. I love cats too much.

#32 Edited by indzman (19148 posts) -

I was just googling monkey as pets and came upon this image HeHe

#33 Posted by Iszdope (10441 posts) -

Heh, so like us.

#34 Edited by lamprey263 (24709 posts) -

@spaceninja818 said:

dear lord, that made my day