The Risks Of Keeping Monkeys As Pets

Filed under: Uncategorized - 29 Jun 2012  | Spread the word !

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Monkeys can really be fascinating animals. They are smart and cute and you can easily connect with them. A monkey can be dressed, carried around and pet just like any other type of adorable pet. Thousands of people in the United States, but not only, keep such pets into their homes and they are surely finding their companions as really beautiful. If you are also thinking about taking a monkey in as a pet you should know that this can really be a great idea. However, you will have to be careful at some important aspects. A baby monkey can seem harmless, but you have to be very careful as the pets can become aggressive when reaching sexual maturity.

A monkey can easily develop a wide range of conditions when being kept as a pet. This is why it is very important to schedule regular visits at the vet, to make sure that your pet is healthy. This aspect is even more important when talking about families with children who are allowed to play with the monkey. Zoonotic diseases are considered to be the main risk of keeping a monkey into your home, as well as cold sores, herpes B and other kind of viruses. The monkey is not by nature an animal who can easily adapt to life in a home in which it will never have the possibility to interact with other animals. This is why specialists claim that the animal can become mentally disturbed and an increased level of care should be offered to it. Another important thing you should be aware of is that the animals commonly are quite messy and it takes time for them to be educated.

So, even though monkeys are highly intelligent, emotionally complex and long-lived animals, they need to grow in natural environments around other animals, as otherwise they can turn out being self-destructive. Testing the pet before taking it into your home and making sure that it has been properly vaccinated may be a good idea in being certain that it will not carry any kind of viruses or diseases. With the proper education, risks can be much reduced, as when the animals are educated and taken care of, the chances of developing an aggressive behavior are going to be really low. Still, not all monkeys can become pets, so you should choose a small-sized animal.

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The History And Evolution Of Monkeys

Filed under: Relationship With Humans - 12 Jun 2012  | Spread the word !

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Monkeys are amazing animals, with an interesting development throughout the years. Nowadays, there are more that 260 species of monkey known around the world. Most of them primarily live on the ground, but this aspect will tend to vary depending on the species we may be referring to. These animals are considered to be very intelligent, aspect which has many times been proved during the years. There is no wonder after all that many species are considered to have close relationships with humans. Some people decide to keep them into their homes as pets, but the most controversial aspect regarding the relationship with humans remains the role that these animals have in research and their use in laboratories.

Depending on the species, monkey can have different a history and evolution. Actually, there are some areas in the world in which these animals have been considered agricultural pests. They were believed to be able to cause extensive damage to commercial and subsistence crops. In other areas, different species of monkey have attacked people, being from this point of view believed to represent a danger for humans, mostly for tourists. Still, the most controversial aspect about these animals remains their use in animal testing facilities. Some of the most commonly used monkey species with such purposes are Macaques and Rhesus Macaque monkey, but also Green Monkey. These are the monkey species which are considered to be most similar to humans, both physically and psychologically. The species are also believed to be easier to handle. And the figures seem to be quite shocking. Statistics indicate that only in the United States more than 50,000 primates have been used in experiments since the 1970s. Around 10,000 were used in the European Union.

Nowadays, there are numerous animal rights organizations and activists which are against this practice. Using these animals in laboratories for testing is not only considered to be unethical, but actually inhuman and something that should be banned by the law. These animals can be found in numerous medical laboratories, from this point of view being claimed that thanks to the primates numerous cures have been found and important medical breakthroughs have been made. The rabies vaccine is considered to be one of the most important findings that should be mentioned in this context. The relationship that monkeys have with humans has always been a complex and complicated one. These animals are known to be closely related to humans, actually some theories claiming that humans have evolved from monkey.

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