Brajesh and Shabista Srivastava adopted the orphaned primate, Chunmun, in 2005, and now feel so close to the furry creature they are determined to ensure he lives a happy life if they pass away before him.
Mrs Srivastava, 45, explained: “People might say we are mad, they might even ridicule us. But we know how valuable Chunmun is to us. 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 animal – which is expected to live for a further 30 years – has been praised by the couple for bringing them success in their businesses, and has a private air-conditioned room in their home in northern India where he lives with his mate, Bitti.