Ikea monkey still turning heads 5 years after finding fame
The dapper primate now a 'gangly teenager,' but still quite shy, primate sanctuary says
Five years after he became an international sensation, Darwin, the Ikea monkey, is still turning heads, but now only at the primate sanctuary that he calls home.
"He is now four times the size he was when he came here," Daina Liepa of the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary told CBC Toronto. "He is incredibly strong. He is now sort of the equivalent of a gangly teenager."
His brush with fame from that incident hasn't made him one to revel in the limelight, however.
Sanctuary expected to grow
Today, Darwin now lives with 17 other monkeys, and he has taken a liking to two baboons he lives next to.
"Over the period of time they started grooming each other through the caging," Liepa said. "It's great for Darwin, and it's obviously something that's very unusual for two species to connect that way, but that's part of sanctuary life."
Liepa says that although it may be hard to tell for sure, Darwin does appear to be content with his life in the sanctuary.
"People ask are the monkeys happy, and that's not something that is scientifically quantifiable," she said. "But what you can do is see a difference in the behaviour of the monkeys over the years."
With files from Talia Ricci and The Canadian Press