The Ikea Monkey, One Year Later: Where Is He Now?
His posh upbringing caused some trouble initially, but he's moved on
Yes, it was just one short year ago that we were introduced to Darwin, the shockingly fashionable monkey who stared out of a Toronto Ikea’s front window and into the nation’s hearts.
Thankfully, Darwin survived his brush with fame relatively unscathed and is leading a happy, healthy life in Ontario.
Though Darwin’s owner mounted a campaign to get her “child” back, it failed, and he’s remained at the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ontario.
Earlier this month, the Toronto Star reported that Darwin was “thriving,” at Story Book and “learning to be a monkey again,” a task that presumably entails getting used to the dearth of shearling coats in the life of a “regular” monkey.
Handlers noted that while Darwin’s posh early life initially made it difficult for him to socialize with other monkeys, he’s since matured into “a healthy, confident adolescent,” which was definitely something we were worried about.
We can’t wait until he goes to monkey-college. (If that’s not a thing, nobody tell us.)
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