Not Everyone Wild About Kardashian Monkey Adoption

By: Celebuzz / February 20, 2009

While the world oohs and ahhs about the latest adorable addition to the Kardashian family, three-year-old chimpanzee Suzy, there is great unease in some quarters.

Primate experts have long expressed dismay about the celebrity trend of chimpanzee ownership.

A recent gruesome attack by a 14-year-old chimp named Travis highlighted that this kind of animal ownership can be a ticking time bomb. The previously adorable chimp—who used a home computer and starred in a commercial with Morgan Fairchild—savaged a house visitor in an out-of-the-blue attack.

Travis was shot dead, the victim remains in critical condition.

“Chimpanzees are wild animals and they are not meant to be pets,” Jason Jacobs, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Zoo, tells Celebuzz. “They are potentially dangerous as you can see from events last week.”

When looking at the pictures of the beaming Suzy, Jacobs was repulsed. “This kind of thing turns my stomach.”

“At the zoo, we handle chimpanzees as potentially dangerous animals much as we would handle a big cat, or a bear,” Jacobs said.

“It’s not hands on, it’s hands off. We take many safety precautions you could never do at a home.”

Use our photo zoom-in feature to check out Suzy up close.