Pet Monkey To Receive Couple’s Inheritance

Macaque eating a banana

A couple in Northern India has set up a trust fun for their pet monkey to receive their inheritance should he outlive them.

Brajesh and Shabista Srivastava from Uttar Pradesh in Northern India consider their pet monkey, Chunmun, to be their most beloved family member. Chunmun lives the life of leisure and they want to assure that he continues to live to the same high standards after their passing. The 10-year old long-tailed Macaque could live to be 40, so it is indeed possible that he may outlive his owners.

Brajesh and Shabista married despite disapproval from their opposing Hindu and Muslim families and have since been out casted by them. So, in 2005, the couple bought themselves Chunmun for the mere cost of 500 rupees (about $8) and has since raised him like a son.

The Srivastavas now run a number of successful businesses, all of which are named after their cherished Chunmun.

Living the life the luxury, Chunmun spends leisurely afternoons in his air-conditioned room, indulging on fruit and home-cooked meals.

In 2010, the Srivastavas even arranged an extravagant wedding for Chunmun and a female monkey named Bitti Yadav. Each year the couple organises a giant wedding anniversary party for the pair, inviting hundreds of guests.

With regards to Chunmun’s future inheritance, Mrs. Srivastava says, “People might say we are mad, they might even ridicule us, but we know how valuable Chunmun is to us. We are childless and Chunmun is a son to me.”

Should Chunmun die before his owners, however, the Srivastavas have elected a charity in India that looks after the well being of monkeys to receive what would have been Chunmun’s fortune.