Most seek pets for companionship to combat chronic emotional conditions like depression. In 2012, about 62 percent of American households owned at least one pet. While majority account for dogs and cats, there are also a handful of extreme animal enthusiasts who opt to keep animals usually found in the wild.
Monkeys are among the popular wild animals that are now regarded as pets. In South Africa alone, over 500 families are said to be keeping this primate as a pet due to their high chance of being tamed. In the U.S., buying and selling monkeys is legal in some states. Should one be proven guilty of violating the law, the animal will be immediately taken.