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Ikea monkey won't face eviction from sanctuary

(A small monkey wearing a winter coat and a diaper exits an IKEA in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (The Canadian Press/Bronwyn Page))

Generous donor saves animal sanctuary where Ikea monkey Darwin lives

ONTARIO (NEWS 1130) – The Ikea monkey is not going to be evicted.

Darwin has been living at Ontario’s Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary since a court placed him there. The sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont., northeast of Toronto, had trouble raising funds since the property’s owners decided to sell.

Daina Liepa, a member of the sanctuary’s board of directors, says a generous donor has come forward to save the farm that holds 20 rescued monkeys. She says she can’t reveal details until the deal is finalized, which is likely sometime next week.

Liepa says the new owner will also spend money to be able to take on two more monkeys that are coming from a university research facility.

Darwin shot to fame in December 2012 when he was found wandering outside an Ikea store in Toronto.