Flat-pack macaque: monkey found outside IKEA

Tuesday, 11th December 2012

A monkey who was found wondering around the car park of a home-improvement store in Canada has now been given a new home of his own at the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ontario.

Dressed in a sheepskin coat, Darwin the macaque was eventually captured by security guards at an IKEA store in Toronto after a 30 minute wild goose chase.

His owner has since been charged with keeping a prohibited animal.

The seven-month-old primate was described by shoppers as distressed and scared, and he has now been paired with "motherly" monkey at the sanctuary to assist his recovery.

The news comes after the RSPCA released a statement last week saying it was committed to reducing the number of exotic animals being kept as pets in the UK, as a man was found guilty of neglecting a marmoset named Tya and given a life ban from keeping monkeys.

For those who enjoy caring for more traditional domestic animals, it's essential to keep your home well stocked with everything from pet food to pet medication in order to ensure the health and happiness of your animal companions.