'Ikea monkey' Darwin not going home for Christmas
The baby monkey was recently spotted in an Ikea car park wearing a John Motson-style shearling coat, and soon became an internet sensation.
Shoppers at a Canadian Ikea store described scenes of chaos as people tried to shoo the primate away from their cars.
A judge has now ruled that Darwin must stay at a local animal sanctuary over the festive season.
Owner Yasmin Nakhuda left court in tears yesterday (Sunday, December 23) after her appeal to take the 7-month-old monkey home was rejected.
However, the custody battle's second hearing will be held in the new year.
"I just want him to be with us, where he belongs - not for Christmas, forever," Ms Nakhuda said before the hearing.
The property lawyer claims that the Japanese macaque was taken away from her by Toronto's animal services, and has since been moved to a sanctuary in Sunderland, Ontario.
Nakhuda campaigned outside the Toronto Animal Services's office with several other protesters holding large placards demanding them to 'Free Darwin Now!'
She has also uploaded several home videos of herself with Darwin on YouTube.