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In this photograph taken on February 16, 2015, Indian wife of Brajesh Srivastava, Shabista feeds their pet monkey Chunmun at their home in Raebareli in northern Uttar Pradesh state. A wealthy Indian couple has made a pet monkey their sole heir, saying their lives became more prosperous after they adopted the animal and they want to ensure he is looked after.  AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

In this photograph taken on February 16, 2015, Indian wife of Brajesh Srivastava, Shabista feeds their pet monkey Chunmun at their home in Raebareli in northern Uttar Pradesh state. A wealthy Indian couple has made a pet monkey their sole heir, saying their lives became more prosperous after they adopted the animal and they want to ensure he is looked after. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

(CNN) — Should he outlive his owners, Chunmun the monkey could be set to be one comfortable primate.

An Indian couple who are estranged from their families say they’ve named Chunmun in their will as their only “child,” bequeathing to it their house in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, other properties and all their money.

Brijesh Srivastava, an owner of businesses including a flour mill and a cable network company, and his wife Shabista, a lawyer, are estranged from their families, who disapproved of their interfaith marriage years ago. Brijesh Srivastava is a Hindu; Shabista is a Muslim. They have no children.

Shabista told CNN on Friday they bought Chunmun, then just a month old, from a roadside artist in 2005 after seeing the owner beat the animal with a stick.

In this photograph taken on February 16, 2015, Indian couple Brajesh Srivastava (L) and his wife Shabista pose with their pet monkey Chunmun and his 'wife', a female simian named Bitti at their home in Raebareli in northern Uttar Pradesh state. A wealthy Indian couple has made a pet monkey their sole heir, saying their lives became more prosperous after they adopted the animal and they want to ensure he is looked after.  AFP PHOTO        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

In this photograph taken on February 16, 2015, Indian couple Brajesh Srivastava (L) and his wife Shabista pose with their pet monkey Chunmun and his ‘wife’, a female simian named Bitti at their home in Raebareli in northern Uttar Pradesh state. A wealthy Indian couple has made a pet monkey their sole heir, saying their lives became more prosperous after they adopted the animal and they want to ensure he is looked after. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Though she and her husband have no children, Shabista said they take care of Chunmun like he’s their son. She feeds the pet a diet of milk, dry nuts and fruits in the morning, and home-cooked food at night.

“He’s like our child. We can’t stay away from him,” Shabista said.

In 2010 they had Chunmun “marry” another monkey, Bitty, and gave the pets their own room with air conditioning. The couple’s home is fitted with railings “so he can freely move around the house,” Shabista said.

The couple didn’t specify how much money could be coming Chunmun’s way, other than to say they have millions of rupees in bank accounts. One million rupees equates to about $16,000.

Besides bequeathing everything to Chunmun, the couple say they have started a fund that will raise money to rescue monkeys and build centers for their rehabilitation.

“People in India don’t care about animals, but I feel they are just like humans. They need love and affection,” Shabista said.