Darwin the “IKEA monkey” has a new home at a primate sanctuary near Toronto.
His owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, gave him up to the authorities after he was found wandering round the car park of the furniture store in the city having broken out from a crate in her parked car.
Shoppers fascinated by the fully clothed creature filmed Darwin and uploaded the images on to Twitter where he became an internet sensation.
Nakhuda was fined for breaking Toronto’s prohibited animal bylaw. She said she had owned the monkey for five months after being lent the animal by an acquaintance who later said he did not want it back.
“There was no harm, it was all love,” she said.