Yasmin Nakhuda has gone to court to win custody of Darwin, a monkey now in the care of handlers at the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary. Nakhuda dismisses accusations that she and her family abused Darwin. The allegations are contained in court papers filed by the sanctuary. (Family photo)
TORONTO - The owner of Darwin the Ikea monkey dismisses claims she abused the primate, her lawyer said Sunday.
Ted Charney, who is representing Darwin’s owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, said that the Story Book Farm Primary Sanctuary filed a “grossly exaggerated and twisted” statement of defence Thursday, alleging his client and her family strangled and beat the seven-month-old Japanese macaque with a wooden spoon.
“The claims being made in this defence are not supported in any of the evidence we know about,” Charney said Sunday in a telephone interview.