THE 'IKEA' MONKEY IS SAFE AND SOUND!

So today I heard on our local radio station while driving to work, that 'Darwin', yes that's his name, the monkey that made such an uproar the other day, is finally safe and sound in a monkey sanctuary northeast of Toronto, Ontario.

Remember he was wearing that fancy little coat?  Well that's removed now.  The president of the sanctuary (Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary) - Sherri Delaney said basically it was time for the coat to go and to let the rhesus monkey act like it's suppose to act - like a monkey!

She also mentioned he was busy as a bee, 'going 90 miles a minute' and he could make you tired just watching him bounce around.  He's curious about his enclosure and just checking things out. Sounds fair to me!

She also stated on the radio that they have paired Darwin with a "motherly'' older monkey called Sweat Pea and that two other female rhesus monkeys will arrive at the sanctuary in the coming weeks. Sweat Pea is said to be keeping an eye on him looking all worried that he might get hurt bouncing all over the place, lol.

Delaney mentioned as well that it was best if the owner did not visit at this time to try and get Darwin settled down and use to his new home.  The owners will be invited to visit at some point in the future.

If you want to help out Darwin and donate to this fine primate sanctuary, which by-the-way, is one of a few of its kind in Canada, or if you want to follow Darwin's adventure, go to the Storybook Sanctuary website mentioned earlier.

He really is such a busy-body too, lol.  The whole time I'm watching a video about him at the sanctuary, in the background you can see him climbing, swinging and jumping all over the place.  After all, he's only 7 months old, what do you expect?  It seems the owner wants him back but according to Delaney, this is where Darwin will live the rest of his days out.

Too bad you are not allowed to keep one as a pet though.  I wouldn't mind a little Darwin myself but I've also heard and read that the owner was fined $240 CA for having a prohibited pet and had to sign Darwin over to the city!  That would just break my heart.

However, and most importantly why having Darwin as a pet would not be such a good idea is the fact Delaney stated Darwin can bite at this early age and that he could also transmit a disease and as he grows, his aggression could be a problem so... I guess he's better left in the hands of the experts.

Good luck little fella!  Although I get the feeling your owner seems very attached to you and this won't be the last we hear of you...



P.S.  Sorry about the fuzzy pics.  I 'snapped' them from the video I was watching which you can see here!



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