TORONTO -- The owner of a monkey who became a media sensation after running around an Ikea parking lot in a stylish coat wants her pet back, or at least assurances he is being well cared for.
Yasmin Nakhuda, who was fined for breaking Toronto's prohibited animal bylaw, told CBC News that she was talking to a lawyer on whether she could regain custody of Darwin.
But she said she would drop her fight if she knew he was receiving good care.
"If the sanctuary is able to convince me ... that they are doing a better job, then for sure," Nakhuda told CBC on Tuesday. "Because everything has to be what's best for him."
Police were called to a Toronto Ikea store on Sunday afternoon after the monkey, wearing a tiny shearling jacket, got out of its owner's parked car.
Crowds gathered to see the monkey as it scurried around the store's parking lot. The well-clad monkey soon became a hit on social media sites, including Twitter.
The monkey has been sent to a local primate sanctuary and is in good condition, according to authorities.
Nakhuda, who said she had grown close to Darwin, said she had owned the monkey for five months. She said she was lent the animal by an acquaintance who later said he did not want it back.
"There was no harm, it was all love," she said.