The owner of a monkey found wandering around a Canadian IKEA is now fighting to regain ownership of the animal. No, IKEA didn’t keep the thing (although how much fun would it have in the children’s department?). But the monkey, whose name is Darwin, was taken to a primate sanctuary by authorities because it’s illegal to keep Japanese snow macaques as pets in Toronto.
Because, obviously, Toronto doesn’t love super-fun pets wearing diapers and shearling coats. Um, but also because apparently this particular species of monkey often carries Herpes B and can transmit it to humans, according to Canadian news reports.
Darwin’s owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, a Toronto-based real estate lawyer, was charged a $240 fine, and Darwin was taken to Story Brook Farm Primate Sanctuary.
Side note: You’d think a real estate lawyer might realize that, you know, a pet monkey might not be legal where she lived.
In an interview with ABC News, Ms. Nakhuda said that IKEA had previously escorted her and Darwin out of the store because of a no-pets policy.
“I said he was not a pet, he was my child,” said Ms. Nakhuda, who also has two actual human children, aged 12 and 16. I’m sure her sons are totally thrilled that a monkey shares equal status with them in their mother’s mind.
“So the next time I went in [to Ikea] I told Darwin he was going to be in the car for a little while,” she told ABC News. “I guess he got a little bit curious and unlocked the crate by himself and he unlocked he car door, which I wasn’t expecting.”
Even if she thought it wasn’t going to escape, I’m not sure why she thought it was okay to leave a monkey in a parked car, especially since she considers Darwin her “child.” You know what the temperature is right now in Toronto? 28 degrees. I mean, I know he’s a snow macaque, and he did have on a shearling coat and all, but still: brrrr.
As for the coat, he’s no longer wearing it, says Story Brook’s Sherri Delaney. “He came with the famous coat but the coat has been removed, the diaper has been removed and the harness has been removed,” Ms. Delaney told ABCNews.com today. “He’s just going to be who he is now and that’s a monkey.”
That’s probably the best thing for Darwin, although I can’t help but think that a monkey who can get out of a locked cage, and then out of a locked car, would probably be awesome at assembling IKEA furniture.
Ms. Nakhuda says she will now fight to get Darwin back. “The plan is to try to get him and move out of Toronto where I can own him,” she told ABC News. “He’s in a cage and he’s never been caged by me,” she said, I guess because a crate in the car is not the same as a cage?
Probably she’s afraid that he’ll forget to brush his teeth without her:
Aaaand here’s a video of Darwin, before the IKEA incident, at Ms. Nakhuda’s office, climbing the blinds and chewing on an office chair. I can’t imagine anything I would find more reassuring in an attorney than finding a monkey in her office, chewing on her chair.
(Photo Credit: O.Canada)
Want more IKEA Monkey? (And who doesn’t?) Check out Devan McGuinness’ post, 12 of the Best IKEA Monkey Memes!
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