Where To Buy A Baby Capuchin Monkey?

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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
You can get Capuchin monkey's from primate and pet stores in states where they can be legally sold and kept. They are, however, very expensive to buy, and even more so to keep. You will need to get a huge cage for it as it will not be able to live with you since they bite once they get older, get proper food for it, and pay large amounts of money to primate vets since monkey care is expensive. They also live for 24-50 years, so this is a long term investment.

First you need to check if your state allows primates to be kept as pets, and if you will need a license or permit to keep it. Then you need to check with your county and municipality as sometimes they do not allow residents to keep primates, even if the state does.

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Tiffany answered
First of all, you should definitely look into owning a pet monkey in
depth before even considering it. Yes, I would LOVE to have one. But I
did my research and it isn't a good idea. Most monkeys can become very
aggressive and actually go insane while in captivity. The amount of
money that you would put into having one is also insane!!! Most states
have VERY few Vets that will tend to an EXOTIC animal as such as a
monkey. I even believe that some states have a few laws against holding
an exotic animal as a pet. They seem great, you can teach them things,
you can dress them, but also, you have to tend to them as you would a
child, child-proofing your home,having the right living environment for
something that isn't used to living inside a house and being caged while
everyone is gone for a few hours. They are very intelligent animals and
need tons of TLC!! I am not saying you couldn't do any of these things,
but I'm thinking of the animal. Ive fostered wild animals while they
were babies and couldn't make it on their own, but I've always been able
to return them to the wild after they were taught the correct
procedures to survive alone. Monkeys have natural instinct to do things
their way, and as cute as they seem they aren't meant for pets. Hope I
was some help.
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KR- myopinions answered
A lot of the things said here are true, some are common misconceptions. ;-) I've worked with primates for years. It is definantly something to consider carefully. You need to do a year or two of research at a minimum, the longer the better. Get personal experience. Get to know as many primate parents as you can. Not just people with babies (things go wrong after the 5 and 6 year mark usually when they start to mature and sometimes not until MUCH later), but people with primates. Watch how they have adapted THEIR lifestyles, homes and everything else in their life to living with a monkey. Talk to ones that USED to have primates. The ones that have had plastic surgery and otherwise when their 6, 7, 8,9,10 and so on sweet, never a problem, angel of a monkey turned on them all of the sudden one day (and when you have more than one it's usually the dominant and they ALL join in, it's how they work) since that's always a risk and you need to be prepared. The ones that have had their lips torn off (and other body parts), their arteries nicked and severed (boy does that spray), or chunks of their calves torn out or the ligaments in their hands ripped out and other things, the ones that went to the hospital 1,2,3,4,5,6 times and LIED about why they need stitches and kept trying until they just couldn't anymore (all true stories and I know PLENTY of people it happened to). Oh, and they fight dirty. They have 5 appendages they can grip with, are stronger than you would ever think since they are compact muscle, and have no problem going for the eyes and anything else they can get a hold of. Bites hurt more than a dog, it's their saliva. Volunteer at primate sanctuary's for that whole time so you can see firsthand WHAT happens and why they are being surrendered and what REALLY makes them tick and what they REALLY need. You don't work do you? Someone needs to be home.   A cheap one? Those are usually scams. And they're not cheap to upkeep either. Diapers, proper diet, enrichments,  the CONSTRUCTION on your home ( which is a requirement in many cases by law, they don't just stay in a cage you know, you need to alter a room to be safe, they can chew through walls and ceilings so you must alter the walls as well,  and build a proper outdoor habitat and try to make your home as primate friendly and safe as possible), many do have a smaller cage as well as THEIR actual indoor outdoor habitats, they do need to be big enough to house one for a couple of hours and usually run a minimum of about $1000 and up. Many people also alter their regular living space. The vet, they get human sets of vaccines and tests and need specialized vets so it costs a ton and they HAVE to go a lot. Many capuchins end up with Diabetes from improper diet. Can you afford the insulin too if you have to? Um, how about ANOTHER monkey? Oh, and the insurance and lawsuits? They start biting others very early on. There are rules to interacting with primates or someone get's bit (even people in the home). The hospital bills for people that live in the home? They have a complex social structure and you better know it before you bring one in your home. And a million more things. They are NEVER pets, it is different. They are companions. It is NOTHING like a dog or cat. They grow up, become teenagers and adults. Some species can't be housed together. Macaque's carry and shed the virus herpes B which is deadly to us (oh, and the rage syndrome). A lab worker died when a shedding macaque splashed water in her eye when it was shedding the virus. It's THAT easy. What if you HANDLE them and clean up after them daily. What if they get out (it happens more frequently than you think)? You face lawsuits, thousands of dollars to pay to house them when they confiscate them, and often they kill the monkey anyway. Or take them for good and do not tell you where they are and who you're paying. The court cases take forever. You must meet all city, state and federal requirements and get your licenses and deal with regular inspection.   They can do things like turn on the garbage disposal and stick things down there, including their hands. Shut themselves in fridges and suffocate. Hang themselves on drapery cords. Similar to chasing around and CLEANING UP AFTER a two or three year old (but much smarter) for 40 or 50 years. Sound like fun and something you want to do and can afford? It's much more complex and there's a lot more involved than that since THEY are so complex but there a couple of basic and general things to think about. Those are realities.   Some required reading: Next of Kin (yes, it's about chimps but gives a lot of insight), Raising Ziggy (fostering a helping hands monkey) - They can be a great place to start, look into what they require of the people who foster for them. - The Primate Care Handbook (make sure you join and get the updated journals :-)  Here's some resources for you to begin with, study everything carefully and then decide if you want to continue with independent research and the rest of it. It's the monks that suffer when you don't (AND the humans after the monks begin to suffer). Meet some friends of mine:  www.junglefriends.org  www.monkeyhelpers.org  www.monkeyzone.com  www.simiansociety.org  en.allexperts.com  pin.primate.wisc.edu                      
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Anonymous answered
Monkeys make terrible pets and can be extremely destructive if they're not kept constantly entertained.

If you must get one, I would advise against getting a cheap one - it will have been from an over-bred mother and probably kept in unsuitable conditions. It will likely end up being very sick and costing you a fortune in veterinary treatment. Go to meet the breeder and ask lots of questions. A responsible breeder will be happy to show you around and answer your question. Check the monkey's eyes, make sure they're bright and free from discharge, check the rear end for cleanliness and worms, bush the fur back and check for mites and fleas. A good way of doing this is by combing onto some white paper.

You might want to try animal shelters as you'll often find that they look after their animals better than the pet shops do.

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Anonymous answered
What's wrong with you people? A monkey isn't meant to be a pet! Get a cat. In fact, don't get a cat. Get nothing. Wanting to buy 'a cheap monkey' doesn't make you sound like you should be giving a home to anything. They're not toys. They need to live in their natural habitat, be stimulated, fed their natural diet, be with other monkeys. That's why sanctuaries were invented - to protect these poor creatures from people who think it'll be fun to have them in their house. Would you like being kept up a tree and fed insects and berries on your own for the rest of your life? Thought not!
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Monkeys are not pets and therefore should not be captured as pets ... If you are caught have a pet monkey it will get taken away from you and put in a rehabilitation centre.

Taking a monkey from out of the wild is illegal and cruel and thats what you are going to do, whats the point?? If you want to see one go to monkey world in dorset. No person who has not been fully trained can look after a monkey.

Monkeys are twice as strong as a human man and if you were to make it un happy in some way it will get you back and if it does kill you it will get shot and thats two lives gone because of your stupidity! Think twice about the decision you are making!
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I'm in australia I want 2 buy a small sized baby monkey cheap
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Go on the internet because I am getting one as well soon and some r very cute and some r only 100 and £200
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If I was you I wouldnt as they arent all cute and lovey Duvy as you mite think they jump at you attacking and biting as it is a wild animal and will behave naturally that way no matter what you do or how you treat them sorry x I have done a lot of research about this and most people give up when they get 2 the biting age around 2 then put it in a sanitary when if people didnt fund this trade they would be left in the wild or not bred 4 this purpose in the 1st place

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