While cats and dogs are staples of American households with critters, not everyone is content with a pedestrian pet.
There are all sorts of feathered, furred and scaled creatures available to would-be pet owners, though some are definitely more common than others.
Monkeys draw in many people with their uncannily human-like actions and their intelligence. Plenty of people find them adorable, though many of those people probably haven’t had firsthand experience with primates.
Those who have had experience and still stick with them are some of the most dedicated people you’ll find — but in many places, you won’t find them since it’s illegal to keep monkeys as pets in many states.
One veterinarian, Kevin Wright, cautions potential owners because most people aren’t able to provide the conditions monkeys need to lead healthy, happy lives.
“If you try to keep them as pets you’re creating a mentally disturbed animal in 99.9 percent of the cases,” Wright told National Geographic.
“The animal will never be able to fit in any other home. Never learn how to get along with other monkeys. And, more often than not, will end up with a lot of behavioral traits that are self-destructive.”
Monkeys can be pretty sweet as babies, but once they become adults, they can get very aggressive.