Ikea monkey won’t face eviction

Donor saves primate sanctuary that faced financial hard times

SUNDERLAND, Ont. – The Ikea monkey is not going to be evicted.

Darwin the monkey, who shot to fame in December 2012 when he was found wandering outside an Ikea store in Toronto, 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 — whether they are buying the property or moving — 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.

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