The capuchin monkey is the native to Central and South America. Capuchin spend their time in groups of 10 to over 30 capuchins, made up of males, females and young monkeys who tree surf and look for food together.In the wild areas, capuchin swing from tree to tree, something that most home enclosures don’t permit. This lack of natural habitat displays some controversies why these monkeys are kept as exotic pets.
Capuchin are mostly black, brown , buff or whitish. But it sometimes depend on the type of species they are involved in.
They reach a length of 30 to 56 cm and their tail is as long as their body. Capuchins are generally diurnal and arboreal. The males are dominant in the capuchin group. They are not demanding for their habitat and hence they can be found anywhere in different areas. They are omnivores , eating not only fruits, nuts, seeds and buds but also spiders, insects, birds, eggs.
They have arms, legs and tail that are dark in color. The rest of the body is either white or cream. They may fight among themselves for being the leader. They have black furs on the top of head. They can be 22 inches long for the body and the tail can be that long too. Their weight can only be up to 2 pounds.
Capuchin monkeys as pets:
Many people across the country breed these monkeys as both legal and illegal. They can transmit particular diseases to humans. There immune system is quite weak as compared to humans. Most capuchins owners use diapers for their monkeys entire leaf. Capuchins are commonly dressed up, bottle fed and treated as small babies.
Capuchin breeders take the babies from their mothers at a very young age. This helps to make strong bond between the owner and the baby. Babies form an emotional bond with the humans be bottle fed for sometime and are trained to be a part of family. Some trainers believe removing all the four canines to prevent serious bite injuries. They say that bites are inevitable therefore removing the canines is the best option for the trainer safety.
Capuchin diet and feeding:
Monkeys in the wild area would always eat insects, bugs, small birds, nuts and more. Many pet capuchins develop diabetes due to improper nutrition, despite many owners knowing better. They are fed with variety of foods including table food, baby food and monkey chow. They would break tip of the food and consume the juice inside it. Those that live close to water bodies may consume crabs. If you are taking capuchin as a pet or service animal be ready for care and proper treatment of them.
Relationship with humans:
They are used as service animals, often called as nature’s butlers. Some organisations have been training capuchins so thet they can be used in the same way as dogs are in inspecting. In the house, monkeys help out by doing certain tasks such as microwaving foods, washing utensils, opening drink bottles etc.
Capuchin mostly cost 8000 and above in India. The rate is quite high also because they are rarely found here. You can get capuchin monkeys from primate and pet stores in states where they are legally sold. They live about 24-50 years , so it also proves a long term investment.