Ikea Monkey’s Owner Threatens Legal Action
Says animal has right to choose
The owner of Darwin, the rhesus monkey who became an Internet sensation after he was found wandering a Toronto Ikea in a shearling coat, is threatening legal action against Toronto’s animal control services. Darwin was taken by animal control to the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in rural Ontario, but his owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, says he should have the right to choose where he goes.
“How do we know what he needs unless he’s given the right to choose? I think he should be given the right to choose,” she told reporters. “If he chooses something else than me, that’s fine. For me, it has never been about me, it has always been about him.” According to Nakhuda, Darwin rarely left her side and even stayed with her while she slept.
It is illegal to keep monkeys as pets in Toronto and Nakhuda was fined $240. Darwin will be placed with two Japanese macaques and two more rhesus monkeys to help the seven-month-old grow accustomed to contact with his own kind.