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Ikea Monkey Darwin's Former Owner Buys 2 New Monkeys

01/20/2015 03:10 EST | Updated 03/22/2015 05:59 EDT
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The former owner of Darwin the Ikea monkey has acquired two new Japanese monkeys, according to a Facebook post.

Yasmin Nakhuda, who has referred to herself as Darwin’s mom, is reportedly the owner of two new Japanese macaques, the same breed of monkey as Darwin, who was taken from Nakhuda's custody after he was found in an Ikea parking lot in a shearling coat.

Nakhuda has since launched a campaign to get Darwin back.

She now owns Sumo, a six-year-old male, and Tibet, a female of the same age, according to a post on a Facebook page run by Nakhuda’s supporters.

"We would like you to be part of the new life of Yasmin's two new monkeys," the post said. "While Tibet is feisty, inquisitive and active, Sumo is quiet and observant. Sumo is nevertheless the dominant male."

The group also posted videos of the two new monkeys.

Darwin made international headlines — and subsequently became a popular internet meme — when the primate was found wandering outside the north Toronto Ikea in 2012 wearing nothing but a shearling coat.

The monkey was then nabbed by animal services and has since been in the care of Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont., east of Toronto.

Nakhuda lost a lawsuit to get Darwin back.

According to Animal Justice Canada Legislative Fund, a non-profit organization for humane treatment of animals, said Nakhuda purchased the new monkeys from the former Northwood Zoo in Seagrave, Ont., which is up for sale.

"Ironically, Story Book Farm is attempting to purchase the former Northwood Zoo property to expand its operations and be able to rescue more monkeys," the organization said in a release on Tuesday.

Although Toronto bylaws prohibit residents from owning primates, Nakhuda now lives in the Kawartha region, which she believes does not have bylaws against owning monkeys.

She has stated she will still try to regain custody of Darwin.

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