“Give me back my monkey!”
The primate is now known to the world as the “Ikea monkey.”
Yasmin Nakhuda alleges the Japanese macaque, named Darwin, was illegally taken from her by animal control officials and moved to a sanctuary in Sunderland, Ontario.
She named him Darwin because “his little fingers, totally like a little human being,” made Nakhuda think of “the missing link” - was her constant companion for six months, until the Ikea incident earlier in December.
On Dec. 9, Nakhuda needed a picture frame and cards for her staff. She parked and left the monkey in a double-locked “soft crate” in her locked car.
Being a “very, very smart little monkey,” Nakhuda managed to escape both and wandered the parking lot screeching, “looking for his mother,” Nakhuda said, before Toronto Animal Services arrived.
The Scarborough woman said the monkey loved being dressed. On that day, Darwin was dressed in a sheepskin coat and diaper, which the TAS officers asked Nakhuda to remove.
“He loved the coat. He wanted it on, he felt warm,” describing the moment as traumatic for the macaque.
Critical thinking challenge: Was Yasmin Nakhuda careless, or does she deserve to get her monkey back?
Define these words: traumatic, sanctuary
- Posted on December 19, 2012
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