Ikea monkey's owner will seek custody

Darwin the monkey in this handout photo taken by TO Animal Services, Dec. 10, 2012.

Credits: REUTERS/Toronto Animal Services/Handout


TORONTO - Yasmin Nakhuda says she wants Darwin the Ikea monkey back.

The Toronto real estate lawyer emerged from her home Tuesday afternoon clutching a small red outfit she purchased for the rhesus macaque, which has become an international sensation since his high-profile jaunt through a Toronto Ikea parking lot on Sunday.

An emotional Nakhuda said she wanted to give the outfit to Darwin, who is now in the custody of the operators of the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, ON.

Nakhuda insisted that the sanctuary is not the proper place for little Darwin.

"He belongs to his mother. He's not a monkey, he's my son."

Nakhuda can be seen with Darwin in a series of YouTube videos, including one uploaded Tuesday called "Darwin Needs His Family."

They capture a small slice of what the monkey's life was like with Nakhuda, who writes in one video description that she does everything with Darwin.

"He is more than a handful - needs to be baby-bottle fed night time and needs at least 3 diaper change a day. He has to be with me all the time which means he goes with me to the office, sleeps with me, eats with me, showers with me, goes shopping with me," she wrote.

Nakhuda asked the media assembled outside of her home to help her get her monkey back.

"I'm going to get him. I'm going to get him. And he's going to wear it (the outfit) and then he'll have lots of pictures for you guys. How about that?"

Earlier in the day, Nakhuda said she might sue to regain custody of Darwin. But Story Book Farm co-founder Sherri Delaney said the threats of legal action don't intimidate her.

"She can try to bring forward whatever she wants," Delaney said. "Bottom line, (Darwin) wouldn't have been seized if she hadn't been breaking a law."

Delaney said that Darwin is settling in at the sanctuary.
"He's showing no signs of missing anyone or being traumatized or anything like that."

Delaney said she's not opposed to letting Nakhuda visit Darwin, but sanctuary staff want him to adjust to his new surroundings.

"I think if she was to come in at this stage it would just confuse the heck out of him. Let's let him be for a bit, let things calm down and then absolutely she can come here."

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