The IKEA monkey, who goes by the name of Darwin, will not be returned to the woman who says she is his mom. On Friday, September 13, 2013, The Canadian Press reported that the IKEA monkey will remain at Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary where he has been since he was found in the IKEA parking lot in December 2012.
Superior Court Judge Mary Vallee, ruled on Friday morning that the IKEA monkey is now owned by the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary.
"The monkey is a wild animal," Vallee said at the ruling. "The concepts of habit of returning home and immediate pursuit do not apply."
In an attempt to get the monkey back, his self-proclaimed mom, Yasmin Nakhuda, filed a suit against the sanctuary. Nakhuda and her attorney argued she was tricked and did not fully understand that she was transferring ownership to the city when she signed the Toronto Animal Services form.
Kevin Toyne, attorney for Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary argued that a person only owns a wild animal as long as it is in their possession. Nakhuda lost ownership of Darwin when he escaped from her car.
"Nakhuda was upset, but was not unduly influenced when she signed the form." Vallee said in a written statement. "The monkey is not a child. Callous as it may seem , the monkey is a chattel, that is to say a piece of property."
The IKEA monkey made headlines and became an Internet sensation when he escaped from Yasmin Nakhuda's car while she was in Ikea. Dressed in a shearling coat and diaper, he roamed freely freely before animal control arrived and took him to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ontario.
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