Thinking about a pet monkey? Sounds fun. Unfortunately, it is not a very good idea to buy a monkey. It is possible. You can find bulletin boards and classified advertisements offering monkeys for sale and you can buy monkeys in the United States and in other countries. Monkeys are cute (so are tigers and pandas) but it isn’t very practical for individuals to own them. Here are a few reasons why not to buy a monkey.
The Chinese have an astrological system with a 12-year cycle. Animals represent each year in the cycle with certain characteristics. These are the signs or symbols chosen by the Chinese for the given years. The word “zodiac” comes from the Latin “zodiacus”, which originally comes from the Greek “zoidiakos kuklos”, meaning “circle of animals”. This uses the root word “zoo” which is now used in English to mean animal park (zoo being short for zoological park) and also used in the word “zoology” meaning the study of animals.
Scientists Versus The Monkeys Again
From Daily Mail August 2006: