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Saturday 19 April 2014

Ikea monkey 'mum' loses court bid

A judge ruled a pet monkey found wandering outside an Ikea store in Toronto should not be returned to the woman who calls herself his mother

A pet monkey found wandering outside an Ikea store in Toronto, Canada, should not be returned to the woman who calls herself his mother, a judge has ruled.

The monkey, named Darwin, became famous last year when he was spotted walking around the car park wearing a tiny shearling coat.

The monkey's owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, had asked a court to get Darwin back. But Ontario Superior Court Judge Mary Vallee ruled that while the monkey may have worn clothing and slept in his former owner's bed, he is still a wild animal and therefore should not be returned to her.

Ms Nakhuda's lawyer's office said she would not be commenting on the decision. After she lost previous interim bids to get Darwin back, she left court distraught.

Press Association

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