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Do baby monkeys make good pets?

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Baby monkeys do not make good pets, according to experts. Although there are no federal laws prohibiting ownership of primates, they can spread many diseases to humans and are capable of inflicting serious injuries on people.

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Experts warn that once monkeys reach sexual maturity, they can become aggressive towards humans. In addition, raising a monkey outside of its natural habitat can create mental disturbances, such as loneliness, frustration, boredom and isolation. Monkeys are also capable of transmitting viral, fungal and parasitic diseases to humans. Even the smallest monkeys become incredibly strong when they mature. In the U.S., more than 230 people, including 70 children, have been injured in pet monkey attacks since 1990.

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