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Ikea monkey Darwin to stay in animal sanctuary

An Ontario judge has ruled that the world’s best-dressed monkey is a wild animal and must stay in captivity.

Image: Jeannie Grigio via Instagram

A CANADIAN JUDGE has ruled that Darwin, the stylish monkey found wandering around a Toronto Ikea, will stay in captivity.

Ontario Superior Court judge Mary Vallee dismissed the bid by Yasmin Nakhuda, the woman who calls herself Darwin’s “mom”, to regain custody of the Japanese macaque, who was found wondering around the furniture store in a sheerling coat and diaper last December.

The judge said that Darwin is a wild animal, meaning Nakhuda lost ownership the second the monkey escaped from her car.

Nakhuda had sued the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary to get him back, claiming she was tricked into signing a form that transferred ownership of the pet to the city of Toronto.

Darwin made international headlines with his attempted shopping trip, with his former owner even writing  a book about the dapper  primate.

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