Monday 25 September 2017

Wealthy couple make pet monkey their sole heir

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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A wealthy Indian couple have made their pet monkey Chunmun their sole heir.

Brajesh Srivastava and his wife Shabista have no children and said their lives became more 'properous' since Chunmun has been in their lives.

Shabista is a successful lawyer and her husband Brajesh is a owns several businesses including a cable TV network and a flour mill, all of which are named after Chunmun, according to AFP.

"People might say we are mad, they might even ridicule us. But we know how valuable Chunmun is to us," Shabista, 45, told AFP.

"We are childless and Chunmun is a son to me. We want to ensure that even when we are not alive, Chunmun's life is not affected and he continues to live the way he does."

The couple were cast out by their families after they married each other against their wishes. They said they were poor at the time but began to prosper when they adopted the monkey in 2004.

Chunmun dines on his favourite foods, pizza, chow mein and burgers daily.

The couple will now leave the money a house, as well as land and savings.

The likelihood is that Chunmun, who lives in an air-conditioned room in the house, will outlive the couple as the ten-year-old monkey could live for between 35 and 40 years.

After Chunmun dies, the couple have decided the money will go towards ensuring the welfare of monkeys in India.

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