Tuesday, March 04, 2003

PRIMATES ARE POOR PETS

Health: Danger of keeping primates
Dr S. Vellayan

March 4: Primates should not be kept as pets because they are not only unpredictable but can also transmit infections such as dysentry, herpes virus, hepatitis, scabies, helminths and even tuberculosis to humans....

Monkeys and the larger apes are easily enraged, strong, temperamental, unpredictable and dangerous. They will readily attack and bite. Completely tame and trustworthy monkeys are rare....

Veterinarians should discourage the public from keeping monkeys and apes as they drain the natural population and do not make good pets. Today's gentle pet may give a nasty bite tomorrow.