MY CHILD IS A MON­KEY

ABC2, 8.35pm

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TV -

DIS­TURB­ING doc­u­men­tary about a grow­ing trend in the US where about 20,000 peo­ple have de­cided mon­keys make the per­fect pets. Some own­ers are so ob­sessed, their mon­key be­comes a sur­ro­gate child, or “mon- kid”. Any warm, fuzzy feel­ings view­ers have will rapidly dis­si­pate as the de­luded own­ers re­count – al­most with sur­prise – that as the an­i­mals grow, they’ll bite, scratch and at­tack. By the time you wit­ness mon­keys at restau­rants at­tack­ing fel­low- din­ers, and learn that own­ers “al­ter” them via neu­ter­ing and tooth re­moval in a bid to con­trol them, it’s get­ting se­ri­ously weird.

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