The monkeys shall inherit the earth — or at least this Indian couple’s portion of it.
“Ever since Chunmun became part of the family they have seen prosperity,” reports local news station ANI.
That prosperity has apparently also conferred on him something of a pampered lifestyle, according to ANI:
Chunmun, like a pampered child, has his favorites and things he does not like. The monkey has daily intake of fruits in good quantity, however he likes chow mein and chilli paneer most.Brajesh also said that Chunmun has been given air conditioner-fitted rooms in the house and that he does not like sleeping without AC during summers and without hot air blowers during winters.
See, he’s just like us — but probably richer.
The couple, who live in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, adopted Chunmun after his mother fell out of a high place after apparently being electrocuted. Chunmun survived, and soon became like a son to the otherwise childless pair.
“He was a baby then, less than a month old, and his mother had died after being electrocuted,” Shabista Srivastava told the BBC.
In 2010, it was time for Chunmun to marry, so the couple threw a “lavish” wedding for him and a female monkey named Bitti Yadav, the BBC reported:
The two monkeys live together at the couple’s home, and have a party for their wedding anniversary every year.
After years of living a married life estranged from their families who didn’t approve of a Hindu man marrying a Muslim woman, Brajesh and Shabista Srivastava decided to leave it all to their only “child.”
Chunmun will get a house worth an estimated 7 million rupees ($112,000), a 200-yard plot, and a bank account worth millions of rupees, according to ANI. The trust fund will also go toward helping animals in need.
“The trust will feed monkeys in the forests who are suffering and are starving due to cutting down of forests, and have been removed from their natural habitat,” Shabista Srivastava told ANI. “This trust will give food to all the monkeys in many locations.”