What motivates a couple to raise a monkey? With her pink bedroom, a designer wardrobe, the latest toys, games and makeup, Jessica Marie is like any spoiled little girl, except that she’s a monkey.
My Monkey Baby explores the increasing popularity of owning a monkey in the United States. Today, around 15,000 monkeys are living in people's homes in America. For some owners, the human-like qualities of monkeys make them the preferred option to kids. But what makes a couple take on a 40 year commitment to an eternal toddler? And can a monkey really become a child substitute?
It’s an extraordinary look into the real-lives of people parenting monkeys in the USA. These animals are spoilt rotten: they have their own bedrooms; the latest toys and games; a seat at the dinner table, and in the car; wardrobes full of designer clothes; and even make-up. And in the park their 'primate parents' push their monkeys in prams and play on the swings and slides.
To Lori and Jim Johnson, Jessica Marie is far more than a Capuchin monkey. 'If I hear anyone call her a monkey I throw a fit,' says 'dad' Jim, 'She's my daughter, 100%'. For Lori, having a 'monkid' seemed the perfect answer to her needs: 'I knew exactly what I was going to do, she was going to be a baby I was going to have forever.' To have a child that never grows up sounds like a nightmare to many, but to these parents it can seem like a dream come true.... Read more.