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Ikea monkey custody decision expected today

09/13/2013 08:27 EDT | Updated 11/13/2013 05:12 EST
A judge is expected to decide today on the fate of Darwin, the pet monkey who became an Internet sensation after running free in an Ikea parking lot in Toronto while wearing a pair of diapers and a stylish shearling coat.

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Darwin, a Japanese macaque, has been in the care of Story Brook Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont., since he was captured by Toronto’s animal services department in December.

The monkey had escaped from a parked car at Ikea near Leslie Street and Highway 401.

Photos and videos of Darwin running free in the miniature coat were widely circulated online.

Shortly after his capture, the monkey was turned over to Toronto animal services, who transferred Darwin to the primate sanctuary located about 100 kilometres northeast of Toronto.

Yasmin Nakhuda, a real estate lawyer who describes herself as Darwin’s mother, launched a civil suit in a bid to get the monkey back. Nakhuda has said Darwin is a pet she loves like a child and argued in court that animal services staff tricked her into surrendering the animal to them.

Staff at the primate sanctuary have argued Nakhuda is unfit to care for Darwin.

It's expected the judge's decision will be sent to lawyers for both parties by email.

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