An IKEA monkey will not be returned to his owner after the "pet" escaped from his owner's vehicle in an IKEA car park last year. On Sept. 13, BBC News reported that a judge in Canada ruled that Darwin the monkey is a "wild animal" and will live in an animal sanctuary. Darwin's owner had previously filed a lawsuit saying that she had been "tricked" into surrendering him but she just lost her battle.
"Monkeys like Darwin are illegal to own in Canada, and in Friday's ruling, Judge Vallee said concerns about disease were a valid reason for detaining the animal," BBC News reported.
The IKEA monkey (as Darwin is known) became an instant internet sensation when he was seen wearing a little shearling coat as he walked around an IKEA parking lot in Toronto. Many hoped that he would be returned to Yasmin Nakhuda but Canada's laws on wildlife are strict.
"At the beginning, I was told that was the best for him because generally, monkeys live off the back of the mom," explained Nakhuda. It is unknown if she plans to appeal the ruling. Animal lovers seem to be split on this decision, some believing that a sanctuary is the best place for Darwin and others feeling as though he should be with his "mom."
The IKEA monkey story made international news today. What do you think of the judge's ruling?
© Effie Orfanides 2013