“When we rescue them, we often find that they have their teeth broken off — just snapped off to stop them biting,” Phillips said. “Because they would bite each other in play, and when they’re asserting themselves in the group and so on. But of course, humans don’t want animals in their home that’s going to be fairly strong, very, very lively, and can bite a child.”
Capuchin monkeys are commonly captured and sold by traffickers in Central and South America, but Phillips think it’s more likely that Brown got this capuchin monkey from a captive breeder. (Sadly, in the U.S., it’s legal to breed, sell and keep wild animals like capuchins in captivity, he explained.) But this doesn’t mean the monkey is better suited to life as a pet.
“It would still involve this monkey being taken away from his family, and that would be very, very distressing to this animal,” he said.