The Scopes Monkey Trial has nothing on the IKEA Monkey Trial.

The Scopes Monkey Trial has nothing on the IKEA Monkey Trial.

The IKEA Monkey is a little scamp named Darwin who showed up wearing an elegant winter coat in a Toronto-area IKEA last winter. But it’s not all memes and whimsy; Darwin’s handlers are in court right now for a trial against a primate sanctuary over who holds the rights to keep the monkey.

After he was spotted in the IKEA parking lot and tweeted about, Darwin was captured by store employees and handed to animal services. Yesterday was the third time Darwin’s original owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, went to court in an effort to reclaim ownership of the Japanese snow macaque. Nakhuda had filed unsuccessfully for temporary ownership before and is now after permanent ownership. (For everything you want to know about the IKEA Monkey, including which porn star dressed up as Darwin, go here.)

Reporter Laura Kane (@ellekane) of the Toronto Star has been livetweeting the trial on Twitter, and she’s just killing it. Take, for example, a gem like this:

Seems Nakhuda and her husband are getting very emotional about Darwin, crying on the stand when asked about signing him over.

That little monkey certainly knows how to capture the human heartstrings. I’ll just be here, popcorn in hand, endlessly refreshing Kane’s Twitter page until this trial is over.

H/T Laura Kane | Photo via The Times UK

Everything you need to know about the legal case for the IKEA monkey
The handlers of Darwin, the adorable monkey that showed up at a Toronto-area Ikea last winter, are back in court this morning. 
From Our VICE Partners

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.