Ikea monkey to stay at sanctuary

Yasmin Nakhuda outside Oshawa court where she was fighting to get her monkey Darwin back, on...

Yasmin Nakhuda outside Oshawa court where she was fighting to get her monkey Darwin back, on December 20, 2012. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)

Terry Davidson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:04 PM ET

The owner of Darwin the Ikea monkey will not be allowed to have her beloved pet primate home for the holidays.

The young macaque monkey that became a sensation after being found alone -- and well-dressed -- in an Ikea parking lot earlier in December will remain at an animal sanctuary northeast of Toronto at least until the case to determine who will keep the animal comes up again in January, Justice Michael Brown ruled Friday.

The day before, lawyers for Yasmin Nakhuda, the monkey's owner, asked Brown to return Darwin to Nakhuda and her family while the case was on a temporary adjournment at the request of lawyers for the sanctuary.

Nakhuda's lawyer, Ted Charney, had argued the Story Book Farm primate sanctuary placed "unreasonable" conditions on Nakhuda visiting Darwin, which included a search and police escort during the visits.


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