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Scene: Ikea Monkey’s Owner Holds a Protest

WHERE: A Toronto Animal Services clinic at 1300 Sheppard Avenue West.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 19

WHAT: Darwin the monkey, now world-famous for his escapades at an Ikea in North York, is currently cooling his heels at a place called Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, in Sunderland, Ontario. But Yasmin Nakhuda, the Toronto real-estate lawyer who was Darwin’s keeper before he hit the big time, wants her pet back. (That’s her, in the top photo.) Yesterday, at a protest staged by Nakhuda, about 30 people—many of them friends and family—showed up. Nakhuda claims Darwin was illegally separated from her by Toronto bylaw-enforcement officials, and she’s reportedly suing the primate sanctuary for monkey custody.

CORRECTION: December 20, 2012, 11:35 AM This post originally misspelled the name of the sanctuary where Darwin is currently located. The name has now been corrected. We regret the error.