Indian couple leave everything to monkey

Lucknow [AFP]

Shabista Srivastava feeds the couple’s pet monkey Chunmun at their home in Raebareli in northern Uttar Pradesh state. AFP Photo

Shabista Srivastava feeds the couple’s pet monkey Chunmun at their home in Raebareli in northern Uttar Pradesh state. AFP Photo

A wealthy Indian couple has made a pet monkey their sole heir, saying their lives became more prosperous after they adopted the animal and they want to ensure he is looked after.

Brajesh Srivastava and his wife Shabista have no children, but they view their pet monkey Chunmun as a son and have set up a trust to ensure the animal is looked after if it outlives them.

‘People might say we are mad, they might even ridicule us. But we know how valuable Chunmun is to us,’ Shabista, 45, told AFP.

‘We are childless and Chunmun is a son to me. We want to ensure that even when we are not alive, Chunmun’s life is not affected and he continues to live the way he does.’

The couple, who were cast out after marrying against their families’ wishes, say they were poor when they adopted their monkey in 2004, but have since prospered.

They own the house where they live in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India, and they also have land and savings.

Shabista is a successful lawyer and her 48-year-old husband owns several businesses including a cable TV network and a flour mill – all named after Chunmun.

The monkey has his own air-conditioned room in the couple’s house, which he shares with his ‘wife’ – a female simian named Bitti who the couple has also taken in.

The two monkeys like to eat Chinese food and drink tea and mango juice according to Shabista, who even hosts an annual ‘wedding anniversary’ party for the pair, inviting hundreds of friends to celebrate.

At 10, Chunmun may well outlive the couple – monkeys can live for between 35 and 40 years.

After his death, the money will go towards ensuring the welfare of monkeys in India, where the animals are frequently abused.


2 responses to “Indian couple leave everything to monkey”

  1. Len Hend says:

    The Indian people leaving their money to a pet monkey reminded me of my mother who thought her dog would out live her so to ensure he beloved dog would be looked after she opened a bank account in the dogs name and made a small deposit each week, after 25 years she decided to transfer the large sum of money and the banking laws had changed she had to get a tax file number for a dead dog.

  2. Emma Keep says:

    This is the absurd but in a really funny warmhearted way!! I reckon id give my money to the monkies when you see the sort of humans around!!:) haha 🙂

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