So you think you want to own a Monkey?
Yes! She's babysitting
Owning a pet monkey has many different aspects, good and bad!
Of coarse being an owner of a Java Macaque monkey, I will first start my telling you the "Good" (in my opinion). I've had Madie sense she was 3 weeks old, which I will start from the beginning in a later hub, so please do come back.
At age 40, I found my self dealing with serious issues of "empty nest syndrome". My four children were all grown up, and on their own. And I wanted my very own baby that would never grow up and leave me. That's how it all started. So, I did lots of research, many hours of reading online, and talking to people I knew who already had a pet monkey.
You see, when i was growing up, most little girls carried a little baby doll around. Oh no, not me. I had a Mr. Chip, a Zippy and Tippy. Yes, as you probably guessed, all stuffed monkey's. My first face to face experience was with a spider monkey at the age of 12. It wasn't a good one either. I got too close to his cage, and I was wearing a complete headgear, hooked to my braces. This monkey (fast as lightening) came up and grabbed it, snatching it out of my mouth and quickly let it go. It snapped back and stabbed me in the face. He really hurt my feelings more than anything.
Nothing could persuade me not to get my very own pet monkey. I did want to make sure that it wouldn't get too big, or be able to ever over power me. So, I chose the Java Macaque female, mainly because females normally weigh 7-13lb while the males can weigh 11-20lb.
In the beginning, there were lots of bottle feedings, changing many many diapers, and trying to teach her what is ok, and not ok to do, or touch. Rocking her to sleep, and basically the same as raising a child that will never be able to talk, go to school, college or take care of themselves. If you can even imagine that. And always remember, as a baby they are cute and adorable, but they too grow up. A monkey is very strong, regardless of their size. They also think that everything is supposed to go in their mouth, or cheek pouch. If, a monkey sees you do something only "ONE" time, they are usually capable of doing it themselves after that. A monkey's job also, is to be able to take "ANYTHING" apart. And I mean anything. A pen, a camera,a computer, stuffed animal, glasses, and even a coffee maker. She can take a lid off, even if it says child proof. I've seen her eat through the plastic bottle. If you can think of it, she can destroy it. They are literally too smart for their own good. You should never underestimate what they are capable of doing. Owning a pet monkey is not for most people, I must say.
A pet monkey still has their own animal instincts, even though they have never been in the wild. A monkey does not like to share their food, but you are expected to share anything and everything you may eat. They also don't like to share your attention, weather it be with an animal, person, or computer. They usually prefer people of the opposite sex as themselves. Most monkey's do not like small children, unless they have grown up together. Even a pet monkey that you have raised can go from very sweet and loving, to mad over something as simple as you laughing. My Madie doesn't like it when someone is laughing, or you flush the toilet, or bang dishes around in the sink while washing them. When she gets angry, or knows she's done something wrong she will start biting herself. Usually her legs. When she first started doing that, it really upset me because I didn't like the idea of her trying to hurt herself. The veterinarian told me to be glad, because if she didn't bite herself , she would be biting people. So, there are lots of things I don't fully understand, but I love my monkey "Madie" with all my heart. Monkey's also live 31- 40 years. So it's also very important to have a plan in place in the event that something were to happen to you, who would take care of your pet monkey?
Madie loves to take a bath
I must tell you that a monkey can be very nasty. As they reach maturity, monkey's tend to engage in distasteful activities involving their feces and urine. This unfortunately, is part of owning a pet monkey. As they get older and wiser, they "DO NOT" want to wear a diaper. And definitely not, all the time.
So, yes there are lots of messes to clean up. The cage must be cleaned thoroughly, on a regular basis. The smell of monkey urine and feces is not meant for anyone with a weak stomach. It can be very strong at times, especially during a females monthly friend visits. Yes, they do have a monthly menstrual period too.
There are so many things about owning a pet monkey. I could carry this on forever, with stories, and factual information. But, I will save that for future hubs. So, please follow me to find out lots more about "Madie" my baby monkey.
Cautions on getting a pet monkey
- The Problem with Pet Monkeys - Keeping Monkeys as Pets
A look at the reasons monkeys can be very challenging and difficult pets.
- Monkeys as Pets
- The Pet Monkey Homepage - Pet Monkey
- Java Macaque Monkey Isolated on White Background | Royalty Free Stock Video Footage | iStockphoto.co
Royalty Free Stock Video [Footage], Java Macaque Monkey Isolated on White Background, copyright Morgan Lane Studios, iStockphoto LP
- Monkey World Primate Rescue Centre
Baby Java Macaque 5 weeks old
Monkey's in the wild-Java Macaques (like Madie)
She can "LOOK" so sweet and innocent
More about Java Macaques and Monkey's
I will be writing many hubs about "Madie" , monkey's, sharing lots of photos and how blessed I am to have her in my life. Every once in a while one of my children will ask; "Mom, what in the world would you ever do, if God forbid, something happened to Madie?" I hope I never know the answer to that question, and that she will outlive me. I'd say her chances are pretty good sense she's 8 years old and I'm 48.