Chris Brown has been criticized by his fans after seemingly buying his daughter a pet monkey.
With You hitmaker Chris posted a video on Instagram of his three-year-old tot Royalty playing with the marmoset.
“Royalty, is this your baby? Is this your baby?” Brown is heard asking on a video he shared on Instagram. “I dunno – she’s gonna be bigger than you, man. Y’all got the same sized head.”
Fans of the R&B star were shocked by his latest stunt, with one commenting: “I just hope the monkey will be given to people who will put it in the right life and not the life of a rich man’s toy.”
While another follower jokingly posted: “With money comes great responsibility, too bad it doesn’t remove great stupidity as well.”
However, some fans suggested Brown may have just been letting Royalty play with the animal, rather than keep it as a pet.
“He should be raising her to understand which animals should not be kept as pets,” wrote one follower. “Perhaps he simply arranged for her to get close to this monkey so she could pet it, and then he made sure the monkey went back to the right place.”
A spokesperson for the animal welfare charity the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) told NME.com they urged people not to keep marmoset monkeys as pets.
“It is impossible to provide an environment as complex and rich as the wild for a marmoset kept as a pet,” they said. “Marmosets scent-mark their surroundings, so are unsuitable to be kept in a home.
“They are highly intelligent creatures who get easily bored, which can cause intense stress. In the wild, they create stable social groups, so to keep them alone is cruel and unnatural.”