IKEA monkey 'mom' ordered to pay $83,000 legal bill

Yasmin Nakhuda. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

Yasmin Nakhuda. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

TORONTO ─ The former owner of Darwin the Ikea Monkey has been ordered to pay $83,000 in legal costs to a sanctuary who now has the monkey.

Yasmin Nakhuda was ordered to pay Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary the fees within 30 days, in a decision issued Friday by Justice M.E. Vallee.

Sanctuary lawyer Kevin Toyne said staff are happy about "considerable" award.

"We're certainly pleased with the cost award," Toyne said. "Parties who have pro bono counsel acting for them aren't always awarded costs when they seek them. We're pleased the trial judge thought this was an appropriate circumstance to require Ms. Nakhuda to pay costs."

Nakhuda could still appeal this decision, as she plans to appeal the dismissal of the case itself last September. But that will likely be an uphill fight, Toyne said.

"It's very difficult to challenge and have a cost award overturned," Toyne said. "It's possible ... that challenge would probably form part of the appeal hearing that is upcoming in the next couple months."

Darwin was found Dec. 10, 2012 wandering the parking lot of a north Toronto Ikea store dressed in a tiny shearling coat after escaping Nakhuda's car. Nakhuda had bought Darwin from a mysterious dealer several months earlier.

Toyne said Darwin is doing very well at the sanctuary and is now preparing to meet two new residents.

"Darwin is continuing to grow and thrive," he said. "(Staff) are excited to about an opportunity over the next couple of months to introduce Darwin to two new macaque monkeys that have become residents at the sanctuary named Boo and Gerdie."


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