Free Ikea monkey!

A Canadian court ruled today that the stylish little guy will remain at an animal sanctuary until his custody trial

By Katie McDonough

Published February 1, 2013 7:42PM (EST)

It was only December when Darwin, a shearling-clad monkey, wandered into an Ikea -- and the hearts of every man, woman and child the world over. But his freewheeling days of hanging out among EXPEDIT shelving units may be behind him.

Today, a Canadian court ruled that Darwin will stay at a Sunderland animal sanctuary until a full court hearing determines if he will remain in the custody of his owner, the also shearling-clad Yasmin Nakhuda.

Perhaps speaking for all of us about the emotional toll of the upcoming hearing, Nakhuda said, “We’ve gone through a lot and I guess we’re going to go through a lot more.”

Ain't that the truth.

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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