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Thursday, February 26, 2009


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "can i have that chimp as my pet?":

I don't see why you couldn't have a Bonobo as a pet. They are smaller and nicer than a Chimp. As long as you have a big house and a Vet that can treat it.

Ummm.... a bonobo could still break both your arms and bite off every one of your fingers. At Lola, when one of the males became agressive, five females ganged up on him, almost tore off his foot and testicals and he nearly died. Bonobos are less violent and smaller than chimps but that doesn't mean they are dogs.

Also, bonobos are an ENDANGERED SPECIES!!!! For every 'pet' that makes it out of the country dozens more were killed. Even if you breed bonobos in country, we live in a global community. How can we, as conservationists, tell the government of Congo or the Congolese people that it is wrong to kill bonobos for bushmeat and keep them as pets, when they can point to our country and say,'well Americans keep bonobos as pets, why can't we?'

Also, if you think bonobos can live in a house, try keeping a tiger in a backyard.