DARWIN STAYING PUT - FOR NOW

Dec 21, 2012

By Bob Komsic

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The owner of a Japanese macaque named Darwin otherwise known as the Ikea monkey says if she can’t bring him home from a primate sanctuary on weekends, she doesn’t want to visit him.

Darwin was taken to the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland after he was found in a tiny shearling coat wandering an Ikea parking lot in Toronto nearly two weeks ago.

Yasmin Nakhuda, who got him in July, filed a motion in court to try to get him back and wanted to be able to take him home pending a court hearing in January.

A judge ruled today that Darwin would stay at the sanctuary at least until the next court hearing, however that she should be allowed to visit him.

Nakhuda, who broke down in tears in court, declined the offer of brief, strictly supervised visits, saying if she couldn’t take him home for a visit she doesn’t want to see him at all.

She says Darwin will be distressed if he sees her while he has to stay in a cage and she then leaves.

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