Officials say the fashion-forward monkey, who is only seven months old, is currently ‘not very happy.’
Our hearts melted when the “IKEA Monkey,” later identified as Darwin, was spotted strutting through the aisles of an IKEA in Toronto this weekend — but now, our hearts are breaking. The trendsetter has been placed in the custody of Toronto Animal Services, and officials are working tirelessly to find a more suitable home for the overnight celebrity.
The Toronto Zoo will not be taking the rhesus macaque — that particular species is apparently banned in Toronto due to the diseases it often carries, and not just because it steals attention from hard-working Canadian celebrities — but it’s working with TAS to find a permanent home for Darwin at an animal sanctuary.
Darwin’s owners were fined $240, according to the Toronto Star, as they had been keeping Montreal-born Darwin as a pet for more than five months in Toronto.
He’s “not very happy right now,” according to Mary Lou Leiher, the program manager for partnerships and marketing at TAS. “He’s a baby, so he’s a little bit sensitive.”
Darwin has also been eating peanuts and grapes, which may be common, but is also adorable nonetheless.
Everyone at HollywoodLife.com wishes the best for Darwin; and no matter where he eventually settles, we only hope he’s allowed to bring along the extravagant, floor-length shearling coat that made him this generation’s Coco Chanel.
— Andy Swift
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