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Monkey to stay at Sanctuary until late-January

Toyne

Darwin, the monkey that rose to fame this month when it was found wandering an Ikea parking lot, is spending the holidays and the month of January at a primate sanctuary where he is being well cared for, says Toronto civil and commercial litigator Kevin D. Toyne.

The monkey’s alleged owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, launched a lawsuit seeking to regain custody of the monkey just days after Darwin was captured by Toronto Animal Services on Dec. 9, following his escape from Nakhuda’s car in a North York Ikea parking lot, the Toronto Star reports.  Read Toronto Star  

The animal was transferred to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont., the report says.

In court earlier this week, Toyne, who represents the Sanctuary as well as the Sanctuary’s founder, said there are issues around animal cruelty that must be properly explored before a final decision is made, the National Post reports.  Read National Post

“There are concerns … with our clients and their volunteers that things have gone wrong with Darwin while he’s been in Ms. Nakhuda’s custody, and it would not be appropriate to leave the two of them alone,” Toyne, a partner with Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP, told the judge.

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