Darwin’s Owner Heartbroken
She’s the only mother he knows. Yasmin Nakhuda says she’s been raising the rhesus macaque for the past 5 ½ months and says she is utterly devastated that Darwin “The Ikea Monkey” has suddenly been taken away.
“I agree that I made a huge mistake.”Nakhuda tearily told Newstalk 1010’s Amber Gero. “But I needed to be with him at that time.”Nakhuda said referring to when Toronto Animal Services showed up at the North York Ikea. “And when I went to see him he was crying. He held onto me and he wouldn’t let go. And anybody standing by could see that when you pulled him away he was crying.”
Yasmin Nakhuda says she was given the monkey by an unnamed breeder, but within days she tried to return him, feeling that the young primate needed to be with his mother.
“And when I gave him to the breeder and I walked away he started running after me and screaming his head off as if he was going to die.”
Nakhuda says that’s when the breeder turned to her and said ‘You are his mother now’.
The Toronto real estate lawyer says she took Darwin everywhere she went even to work, where he had become quite popular in the office.
While Nakhuda would like to have Darwin returned to her, she says if that cannot happen she should at least be a part of his transition.
“They don’t know anything about him do they? Have they even called me? Have they asked me for things? No! They completely shut me out!”exclaimed Nakhuda.
Darwin has now been transferred to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, about 100 kilometres north of Toronto.