Like most moms, I'm a big believer in the benefits of breastfeeding. But a woman in Nanyan, China has taken it to a strange extreme. Jiao Xinzhen regularly breastfeeds monkeys. That's right. She nurses primates.
"I feel like they are just like my children," she told The Sun. I am sure I am not alone here when I say this is deeply disturbing. But wait, the tale gets even more bizarre.
Their home is a veritable planet of the apes. Her husband, Huang Aiqing, trains monkeys to perform in films and for circuses, and his pupils live with the couple. "In this house, the monkeys are king," said Aiqing. Clearly. Jiao even admits, "Many times some of the baby monkeys slip onto our bed at night to suck my breasts." They have even adopted one as a second child as a playmate for their son -- a human boy.
Jiao believes that nurturing and nourishing the monkeys actually helps her husband's business. Perhaps it has. According to The Sun, he is the region's top monkey trainer. Still, this is totally gross. Of course she is not the first woman to breastfeed an animal. Mom-of-two Terri Graham gave her pug the breast because she did not nurse her own children and felt the desperate need to bond.
Regardless of the motive, this is not normal. Animal are not people. There is no reason a monkey, dog, or donkey should need to suckle at a woman's breast. It takes the human-pet relationship to a disturbing new level. I don't think there is a law against this behavior but perhaps there should be. Yuck!
Do you think it's okay for humans to breastfeed animals?
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