Pet monkeys often tend to bite (and they have 32 teeth to deliver those nasty bites). While some monkeys are gentle, others are very aggressive. But even the gentlest monkeys are unpredictable and can aggressively treat anyone, including the person they are closest to, especially during and after puberty. „Even monkeys that are relatively fortunate enough to eventually be relocated to a sanctuary where they have the opportunity to live with others of their own species may find life with other monkeys extremely frightening at first, as they have been denied the opportunity to learn appropriate social skills in their childhood and childhood,“ Tyson explains. After all, monkeys, like many wild animals, are carriers of diseases that are dangerous to humans. A variety of diseases can be transmitted between monkeys and humans. (These are called zoonoses and can be very serious.) But finding a veterinarian in your area who is able and willing to treat a primate can be difficult. Even in less catastrophic situations, monkeys are still very disturbing, which can lead to not-so-friendly encounters with your neighbors. „Some primates can be very noisy, which your neighbors may not appreciate. For example, howler monkeys are so loud they can be heard from miles away, gibbons make a variety of loud and long calls, and others can vocalize with grunts, squeaks, whistles and screams,“ says Leahy.

And some urban noise, including fireworks and sirens, can also cause stress to the primates themselves. The herpes simplex virus has two strains, herpes simplex virus 1 and herpes simplex virus 2. These viruses cause common diseases in humans, such as cold sores, and are often propagated by monkeys such as marmosets and tamarins, which are infected and then spread to their human owners. In fact, those who are prone to cold sores or who have very strong tendencies to contract cold sores should never keep such monkeys as pets. In addition, a monkey needs a large amount of social interaction. A pet monkey that is deprived of your time and attention is likely to develop not only serious behavioral problems such as yelling and biting, but also psychological problems that can be difficult to solve. In the absence of a federal law on ape sidekicks, state laws take precedence. So whether it`s legal or illegal to have monkeys as pets depends on where you want to keep monkeys. If you live in California, you may not be out of luck. We break down the challenges associated with keeping a pet monkey, including behavioral, medical, and legal issues you may encounter. According to Leahy, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums recommends that chimpanzees be kept in a habitat of at least 2,000 square feet (186 square meters) of indoor and outdoor space and vertical heights greater than 20 feet (6 meters); Similar guidelines would probably also apply to monkeys.

„Primates would much prefer to be kept outdoors in sprawling natural habitats,“ says Leahy. As the owner of a pet monkey, you can also be liable for any damage a monkey causes to other people or their property, as the monkey is unlikely to be covered by your landlord`s insurance, Leahy says. An exotic monkey may seem interesting and attractive, but several questions have been raised about whether it is worth keeping these animals as pets. Although there are more than 15,000 pet monkeys in the United States, there is no denying that monkeys are very spontaneous animals and could be a source of so much damage. Some of these include: Ferrets are illegal in California, Hawaii, and many cities, including Washington DC and New York. The most common reason for the ban in these states is the changes they could cause to the ecosystem if they were put into the wild or lost. Ferrets are escape artists, so it can`t be an unreasonable fear. Ohio residents cannot have more than four of each species of collectible reptiles or native wild amphibians to collect. Service spider monkeys are allowed. For some reason, monkeys have long captured the cultural imagination. You may have read the „Curious George“ series of children`s books and fell in love with the strangely hairy creature (which, in the end, may not be a monkey).

Or maybe you cried when Ross Geller gave his capuchin monkey Marcel to the San Diego Zoo in the TV sitcom „Friends.“ In 2012, 19 states had absolute bans on private monkey ownership.