TORONTO, Ont. – The former owner of the infamous “Ikea Monkey” is hosting a fundraising dinner and publishing a children’s book to help with the legal costs of her custody battle with the primate sanctuary.
Yasmin Nakhuda, who calls herself Darwin’s mother, said the fight to reunite with the Japanese macaque is costly.
She is suing the Story Book Farm primate sanctuary, where the monkey now lives.
“Darwin is part of us. It’s very difficult to forget.”
But despite the legal costs, she will continue her efforts, she said.
“I know he loves me and I know I love him. I love him and I will always love him and I will try my best to get him back home.”
“It’s been very hard. We’ve tried twice and we’ve lost twice,” she said.
“We are not going to give up. Giving up is not an option.”
Nakhuda said they have sold nearly half of the 250 tickets for an April 6 fundraising dinner at Manchurian Madurai in Mississauga for $75 each.
That night, she will also release the first of 12 children’s books starring Darwin.
“I thought maybe I should for myself — my own way of giving myself therapy — write things about him where I can imagine him being happy, doing the mischievous things he normally does.”
Darwin made headlines worldwide last year when he was found frolicking in a North York Ikea parking lot, sporting a faux-shearling coat.