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Dec 19, 2012 10:00 PM by Tony Spehar

Owner protests to get monkey back

TORONTO (AP) - A woman whose pet monkey was found wandering in an Ikea parking lot is protesting at a Toronto Animal Services office as part of her efforts to get him back.

Yasmin Nakhuda alleges the tiny primate was illegally taken from her by animal control officials and moved to a sanctuary in Sunderland, Ontario, where he now lives.

She is due in court Thursday to try to get an interim order to have "Darwin" returned to her.

About 15 supporters are protesting with her Wednesday, chanting "free Darwin."

Her lawyer, Ted Charney, says he has been told the sanctuary plans to ask for the case to be adjourned Thursday.

The monkey captured attention this month when he was spotted roaming the store parking lot in a coat.

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