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Ikea monkey: No monkey business, illegal primate staying in Toronto sanctuary

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An Ikea monkey will be staying in a Toronto primate sanctuary, as a judge ruled no monkey business in the matter of its former owner trying to reclaim the illegally begotten animal. According to CNN this Friday, Sept 13, the lost snow macaque, aptly named Darwin the monkey, was ruled to stay safely in its sanctuary among its own kind.

The Ikea monkey controversy first began late in December 2012, when a lost monkey wearing a coat and even a diaper suddenly stumbled through an Ikea store in Toronto. The primate was lost and afraid, running around the store and causing quite a bit of havoc, leading to its online popularity for a time as video and photos of the macaque went viral.

Days later, it was made known that the monkey’s female owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, was involved in quite a bit of monkey business. She had bought the illegal animal without permission from overseas, named him Darwin, and began taking care of the so-called Ikea monkey.

Yet following Darwin’s escape and recapturing in the Ikea store by Toronto animal rescue officials, the roaming animal was not allowed to go back with Nakhuda. Animal services instead dropped Darwin off at nearby Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary to be among its own kind.

Nakhuda wasn’t losing her illegally obtained pet easily, and soon filed a lawsuit against the sanctuary. However, a judge this week ruled against the woman, allowing keeping of the animal to stay in the hands of the Toronto sanctuary. Although Nakhuda said animal services had tricked her and illegally seized her monkey, the judge dismissed these claims, instead ruling that Nakhuda was in the wrong for knowingly buying Darwin sans notification, and then lying that the animal was in fact a gift.

It seems this dressed-up Ikea monkey will thankfully be staying in good hands at the sanctuary, and not Ikea stores, for the foreseeable future.

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