Ikea monkey 'mom' gives up fight

Yasmin Nakhuda has gone to court to win custody of Darwin, a monkey now in the care of handlers at...

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)

Maryam Shah, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:43 PM ET

TORONTO -- The Ikea monkey's "mom" has officially given up on her fight to have the Japanese macaque returned to her.

"The legal system failed us and Darwin," Yasmin Nakhuda said in a statement Friday.

An Ontario court of appeal dismissed her appeal on Feb. 20 with the consent of both parties.

Nakhuda filed the appeal in October 2013, hoping to have Darwin returned to her after an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled in September that he belongs with Storybook Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont. She was also pushing to have the sanctuary pay her legal bills at the time.

In January 2014, Nakhuda was ordered to pay $83,000 in legal costs to the sanctuary, which she finally paid last week.

Sanctuary founder Sherri Delaney said the majority of the money went toward their legal costs, which were "substantially more than that."

"Some of the money went to expenses that we had to pay out such as security and security guards" because the sanctuary had received some threats during the case, she added.

The saga of the two-year-old monkey began when he was found dressed in a fashionable shearling coat in a Toronto Ikea parking lot in December 2012.


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