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« on: July 01, 2008, 09:21:10 pm »

If you thought Britney Spears carrying her chihuahua in a handbag or Geri Halliwell accessorising herself with a shih tzu was weird, then what about the latest fad – monkids.
In a bid to fill the void after their children have flown the coop, parents are taking animal husbandry to new limits – caring for monkeys as their baby substitutes.

The animals permanently remain as an adorable baby, without growing into an unruly teenager or a 40-year-old desperate for inheritance, as one devotee, Lori Johnson, found.
She bought Jessy-Marie, a capuc­hin monkey, 18 years ago after her last child left home.



'I felt a bit lost and wanted someone to look after. A vet suggested if I wanted a child for life, I should think about a primate,' she said.

At first, the rather dubious family move proved a bit hairy, drawing acc­usations of favouritism.

'My kids were a bit jealous at first. They said I look after Jessy better than I looked after them.
But I alw­ays replied, “But Jessy will never leave me like you did”,' said the married empty-nester.
However, there is always something for a parent to fret about.

The 58-year-old from Florida now worries that her house-trained perm­a-baby, which can live to 60, may outlive her and end up in a home.



'They'd take her clothes off, which would be horrible to her. Then she'd have to live in a cage. Many monkeys die of heartbreak because they're just not used to living like that,' she said.

But at least there is the reassurance that, if her little monkid starts hanging around on street corners, the worst it will do is pinch someone's hat or lick the odd ice-cream



I saw this couple on TV tonight, they are crazy, IMO.

They actually act like the monkey is a real child.
He nipped at people, so they had his teeth removed.

The second couple on the show had a lot of trouble with her "monkid"
Watching them taking the monkey from it`s moma was heart breaking. The monkey ended up turning on the family. So they had to put it in a sanctuary.

This show just got sadder and sadder... People can be so freaking selfish.  Angry


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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2008, 08:12:09 am »

It is kind of strange. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2008, 10:43:14 am »

strange, but really cute monkey...
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2008, 12:41:57 pm »

He is cute...But he is a wild animal, not these peoples kid.   Roll Eyes  They are wacky.

The man gets angry when people call his "child" a monkey.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2008, 09:31:39 am »

A lot of people forget they are wild animals and can't be completely domesticated.
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2008, 09:51:40 am »

Yes, unfortunately, this is  sad, but true.
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2008, 10:15:02 am »

but if u think about it, kids are wild, too... lol
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2008, 10:23:02 am »

 Grin Good point!
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2008, 07:26:42 pm »

Kids can be trained easier than monkeys.
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« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2008, 12:56:39 pm »

Kids can be trained easier than monkeys.

You would think so, wouldn't ya?  laughing
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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2008, 10:47:18 am »

idk... some kids are a bit wild.... i should know, seeing as i have a younger sister who threw a soup can at my head (full and it hurt) and work w/ kids...
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