Verdict expected in Darwin the monkey case
OSHAWA, Ont. - An Oshawa, Ont., judge is expected to release a verdict today in the case of a little monkey found wandering in an Ikea parking lot in Toronto.
The judge, who reserved her decision in June, was to weigh whether Darwin the monkey is a wild animal or a pet mistakenly given away by her owner.
Yasmin Nakhuda â€” who calls herself Darwin's "mom" â€” is suing Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, where the monkey has been held since Toronto animal services scooped him up at the Ikea store in December.
Animal services was called when the Japanese macaque was spotted outside the store, dressed in a tiny shearling jacket and a diaper, after having escaped from Nakhuda's car.
Nakhuda's lawyer has argued that Toronto animal services unlawfully held Darwin when they refused to give him back to her, since they had no power to do so under the city's bylaw.
But the sanctuary's lawyer says a person only owns a wild animal as long as they possess it, so Nakhuda no longer owned Darwin the minute he escaped from her car.