The case of the Ikea Monkey will be heard in Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice this month.
The story of a sharply dressed rhesus macaque named Darwin, who was caught exploring a north Toronto Ikea in December, captured imaginations and inspired art – largely of the “meme” variety – around the world. But when the 10-month-old monkey was later taken into the custody of an animal shelter, his owner took legal action against the primate sanctuary, and Darwin became the centre of controversy.
Here is the factum of the plaintiff, former Darwin owner and wardrobe co-coordinator, Yasmin Nakhuda. The defendant’s statements were not available at this time.