By The Canadian Press - Friday, February 1, 2013 - 0 Comments
OSHAWA, Ont. – An Ontario judge has ruled Darwin the Ikea monkey will stay…
OSHAWA, Ont. – An Ontario judge has ruled Darwin the Ikea monkey will stay at a primate sanctuary while a court battle is fought to decide his ownership.
Yasmin Nakhuda is trying to get the monkey back after he escaped from her car and was found wandering in an Ikea parking lot dressed in a shearling coat.
Darwin was sent to the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont. after he was picked up by Toronto Animal Services.
By Allison Jones - Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:49 PM - 0 Comments
TORONTO – The woman who refers to herself as the Ikea monkey’s mom wrote…
TORONTO – The woman who refers to herself as the Ikea monkey’s mom wrote in an email that she was “unfit” to care for the primate, calling him a “time bomb” because she couldn’t stop him from biting, court heard Thursday.
Emails from Yasmin Nakhuda to an American monkey trainer were read out during a court hearing in which Nakhuda is attempting to get Darwin back from the primate sanctuary where he was sent after being seized at Ikea by Toronto Animal Services.
The emails describe Nakhuda’s struggles in controlling Darwin’s behaviour. Her husband received “the most vicious bites” but Darwin was also biting her 12-year-old son, she wrote.
Monkey trainer Lisa Whiteaker responded to Nakhuda’s email by saying Nakhuda had a lot to learn about primates and that she desperately needed help.
By Allison Jones, The Canadian Press - Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:03 AM - 0 Comments
TORONTO – When a baby monkey in a little shearling coat made international news…
TORONTO – When a baby monkey in a little shearling coat made international news by hopping around an Ikea parking lot, it would have been hard to predict he would become such a polarizing primate.
Darwin the macaque was taken to Toronto Animal Services that December day and sent to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, where he has resided ever since.
Yasmin Nakhuda, the self-professed “Monkey Mom,” is trying to get him back and an Ontario Superior Court judge in Oshawa is set to hear arguments Thursday on where Darwin should live until the case can be fully heard at a trial. After an interim motion in December the judge ruled that Darwin would stay at the sanctuary for the time being.
By The Canadian Press - Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM - 0 Comments
TORONTO – The battle over a Japanese macaque known as the Ikea monkey is…
TORONTO – The battle over a Japanese macaque known as the Ikea monkey is heating up, with a primate sanctuary alleging his owners strangled the animal, hit him with a wooden spoon and planned to have his teeth removed.
But a lawyer representing the woman who is trying to get her pet back dismisses the claims, saying they’re an attempt to discredit his client.
Anything can be claimed in such court documents, “no matter how ridiculous or untrue,” Ted Charney said in a statement.
The monkey named Darwin has resided at Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont., since he was found in December wandering in the parking lot of a Toronto Ikea, wearing a little shearling coat.
By Mika Rekai - Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 2:47 PM - 0 Comments
The case of the Ikea Monkey will be heard in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice this month.
The story of a sharply dressed rhesus macaque named Darwin, who was caught exploring a north Toronto Ikea in December, captured imaginations and inspired art – largely of the “meme” variety – around the world. But when the 10-month-old monkey was later taken into the custody of an animal shelter, his owner took legal action against the primate sanctuary, and Darwin became the centre of controversy.
Here is the factum of the plaintiff, former Darwin owner and wardrobe co-coordinator, Yasmin Nakhuda. The defendant’s statements were not available at this time.