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    Judge rules Ikea monkey is 'wild animal', won't be returned to former owner

    Not quite sure where to post this, but it IS a human interest story...

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/judge-r...wner-1.1453016

    Allison Jones, The Canadian Press
    Published Friday, September 13, 2013 7:07AM EDT
    Last Updated Friday, September 13, 2013 3:52PM EDT
    TORONTO -- The Ikea monkey may have worn clothing and slept in his former owner's bed, but he is still a wild animal and therefore should not be returned to the woman who calls herself his "mom," a judge ruled Friday.
    The minute Darwin the monkey made his great escape from Yasmin Nakhuda's car at the Toronto furniture store in December she lost any ownership claim to him, Ontario Superior Court Judge Mary Vallee found.
    "(Case law) states that the nature of an animal, rather than how it is treated, determines whether it is wild," Vallee wrote in her decision.


    Allison Jones, The Canadian Press
    Published Friday, September 13, 2013 7:07AM EDT
    Last Updated Friday, September 13, 2013 3:52PM EDT
    TORONTO -- The Ikea monkey may have worn clothing and slept in his former owner's bed, but he is still a wild animal and therefore should not be returned to the woman who calls herself his "mom," a judge ruled Friday.
    The minute Darwin the monkey made his great escape from Yasmin Nakhuda's car at the Toronto furniture store in December she lost any ownership claim to him, Ontario Superior Court Judge Mary Vallee found.
    "(Case law) states that the nature of an animal, rather than how it is treated, determines whether it is wild," Vallee wrote in her decision.

    [IMG] Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Published Friday, September 13, 2013 7:07AM EDT Last Updated Friday, September 13, 2013 3:52PM EDT TORONTO -- The Ikea monkey may have worn clothing and slept in his former owner's bed, but he is still a wild animal and therefore should not be returned to the woman who calls herself his "mom," a judge ruled Friday. The minute Darwin the monkey made his great escape from Yasmin Nakhuda's car at the Toronto furniture store in December she lost any ownership claim to him, Ontario Superior Court Judge Mary Vallee found. "(Case law) states that the nature of an animal, rather than how it is treated, determines whether it is wild," Vallee wrote in her decision.





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    It was illegal for her to have him from the moment she took him, and I am glad he is now learning again how to be a proper snow monkey! They are not domesticated animals, and I am guessing it would have been a problem as he got older.
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    It was a problem already, Karen. Darwin had bitten the woman's husband a few times, and had to wander around in diapers. I am glad he will have a real life with his real family members!
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