(Toronto, Canada) -- The owner of the "Ikea monkey" Yasmin Nakhuda protested for his return in Toronto on Wednesday (December 19).
Nakhuda demonstrated outside Toronto's Animal Services offices, the agency that took the rhesus macaque monkey away from her.
"Having him snatched away brutually the way they did I don't think was fair. It was very cruel," Nakhuda said.
The monkey named Darwin is an exotic animal and illegal in Toronto.
Shoppers at an Ikea home furnishings store in Toronto were shocked on Sunday (December 9) to spot a monkey dressed in a shearling coat roaming the store's parking lot.
Toronto police say the seven-month-old monkey escaped from its crate and managed to find his way outside of a parked car.
News of the monkey went viral with #Ikeamonkey trending on Twitter in Toronto while "Toronto Ikea" was trending across Canada.