Credits: LISA LIN
TORONTO — Ikea Monkey's real name is Darwin. He's from Montreal and he's five months old.
Toronto Animal Services held a media briefing Monday morning to address questions about the dapper primate, first spotted Sunday by shoppers at a north-end Ikea wearing a shearling coat.
Stressing repeatedly that it is "not appropriate" to have a monkey as a pet, "especially in an urban environment," Animal Services' Mary Lou Leiher said the monkey appears to be in good condition.
Darwin is a rhesus macaque, an Asian species that is banned in Ontario. His owner turned himself in to police Sunday and was charged with owning a prohibited animal, which carries a $240 fine.
"This has been a stressful experience for (Darwin) for sure," Leiher said. "This type of animal has extremely specialized needs."
The simian could possibly be a carrier of Herpes B, she said, which would be harmless to Darwin as the host — but could prove fatal if contracted by a human through a scratch or bite.