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Judge says woman can't keep her monkey

Judge says woman can't keep her monkey
Associated Press
Associated Press
A judge has decided against a woman who wanted to keep her pet monkey. The pet monkey was found wandering outside an Ikea store in Toronto. The judged ruled that the monkey should not be returned to the woman who calls herself his mom.

The monkey, named Darwin, became famous last year when he was spotted walking around the parking lot 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. Therefore, the monkey should not be returned to her.

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

Critical thinking challenge: Do you agree or disagree with the judge’s decision? Why?


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I agree with the judge the monkey is a wild animal .The name in wild animal is wild so that's where the monkey belongs In the wild. Do you see monkeys finding people on the street and keeping then as pets no so with common scene leave the monkey alone.I do agree with the judge no she should get rid of the monkey.

I disagree with the judges decision because the monkey is her pet. She most likely payed good money for the monkey. The monkey was seen walking in front of buildings. So what? It's still her pet.

This is so sad! Yasmin Nakhuda should be able to keep her monkey. I don't see the problem. Yes, I understand, monkeys are wild animals. However, if you have the responsibility of taming it, and taking good car of it,why shouldn't you be able to take care of it? I think Yasmin Nakhuda should be returned to her monkey.

This is so sad! Yasmin Nakhuda should be able to keep her monkey. I don't see the problem. Yes, I understand, monkeys are wild animals. However, if you have the responsibility of taming it, and taking good car of it,why shouldn't you be able to take care of it? I think Yasmin Nakhuda should be returned to her monkey.

I think she should be able to keep her monkey because she saved it and she is taking care of that monkey. I would not consider him as a wild animal, only if he put someone in danger or something.

Yasmin Nakhuda should be able to keep her pet monkey Darwin. If not for her, Darwin might have starved or been hurt. No Superior Court Judge should tell her that she can't keep him. I would like to know how a monkey got outside of an Ikea in Toronto? How did Darwin become famous, was it a picture or a video of him in his sweater that got him famous. That's a really good name for a monkey, Darwin , it makes him sound smart , and Darwin and his theory on evolution had to do with monkeys so good choice Yasmin!

The woman should be able to keep Darwin, because they had lived fine and happy on their own with no help. If Darwin was being abused or had a disease the case could be different. Darwin has adapted to his new life with her and I think his new life shouldn't be taken away from him. Being able to have a pet monkey shouldn't be such a big deal to the judges because its just like having any other pet. She raised her monkey for a long amount of time and to her and other people Darwin is an entertaining pet to have. Therefor I do disagree with the judges because it is her life and who and what she wants to have in it.

I disagree with the judges decision, because that was her monkey from the beginning. She should be able to get it back, and the monkey is probably used to her because she raised it. I think if she is not hurting the monkey or not taking care of it she shouldn't get it back, but if she is caring for the monkey, and not hurting it she should get it back.

The court definitely should have given her her monkey back. The only reason she should have it taken away is if she mistreats it or it is negatively affecting others. It's really hard for people to lose things they're attached to like your cat or dog. Even though it is a wild animal, it was sold to her in the first place and it seems to like her since she treats it so well. Maybe it will attack (though probably not) but its so small that it can't do much harm and if it does some she'll know she has to bring it to a zoo or something like that. I strongly disagree with the courts decision to take the woman's monkey.