The owner of a monkey caught wandering outside a Toronto Ikea store this weekend said Tuesday the tiny primate rarely left her side until he was confiscated by authorities — and she wants him back.
Real estate lawyer Yasmin Nakhuda said she was baby-sitting the monkey for someone else, but when she tried to return him, the young rhesus macaque wouldn’t leave, letting out heartbreaking cries.
‘At the beginning, I was told that was the best for him because generally, monkeys live off the back of the mom,’ she said.
The seven-month-old rhesus macaque captured worldwide attention after he somehow let himself out of a parked car Sunday and ambled around the Ikea parking lot dressed in a stylish shearling coat and diaper.
Nakhuda, who was fined $240 for breaking the city's prohibited-animal bylaw, said she is consulting a lawyer to see if she can regain custody of the pet she considers part of her family.
Nakhuda said that having a monkey for a pet is not like raising a cat or a dog because he has ‘feelings like human beings.’