A judge has ruled that a pet monkey found wandering outside an Ikea store in Toronto should not be returned to the woman who calls herself his mother.
The Japanese macaque monkey, named Darwin, became famous last year when he was spotted walking around the Ikea car park wearing a tiny shearling coat.
The monkey was taken into custody by local animal services and later transferred to a primate sanctuary in Sunderland Ontario. But his owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, had asked a court to get Darwin back, saying she had been tricked into giving up her pet.
It is illegal to own an exotic animal such as Darwin in Canada but Ms Nakhuda was required to give her consent for the monkey’s transfer to the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary. Ontario Superior Court Judge Mary Vallee upheld that transfer, saying Ms Nakhuda had been “upset, but was not unduly influenced” when she signed the consent form.
Judge Vallee ruled recently that while the monkey may have worn clothing and slept in his former owner’s bed, he is still a wild animal and therefore should not be returned to her.
The law firm representing Ms Nakhuda said she would not be commenting on the decision. After she lost previous interim bids to get Darwin back, Ms Nakhuda left court distraught.
By Associated Press