Ikea monkey custody battle results are in. Darwin, the monkey in question, will not be returned to his owner according to a decision in an Ontario, Canada court. The Toronto Sun reported on Sept. 13, 2013, that he would not be returned to owner Yasmin Nakhuda.
Justice M.E. Vallee dismissed the case Friday, agreeing with lawyers for an animal sanctuary where Darwin has been living since he was found roaming a North York Ikea in a fashion-forward shearling coat in December.
The Ikea monkey was referred to as a "wild animal' by the judge and he further ruled that Toronto Animal Services did not detain him unlawfully either. Animal Services captured the monkey inside the Ikea store. The court refuted his owner's argument that she was tricked and that Animal Services acted illegally when they seized the Japanese snow macaque.
The Ikea monkey was captured on video running around the Ikea store in his shearling coat. The video went viral and he became an Internet sensation literally overnight. Poor Darwin cannot return home to his owner Nakhuda and will remain at the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont., about 100 kilometers northeast of Toronto
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