The IKEA Monkey: The very latest

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  • OK, so it's only been two days but a lot has happened
  • Cash rolling in for monkey's care in his new home
  • Former owner not happy about any of this, wants him back
The IKEA Monkey: The very latest

Because running around a parking lot in a winter jacket is no substitute for swinging from branches in a birthday suit, we can confidently say the IKEA Monkey's (aka, Darwin) decision to spring himself from his crate and ultimately wind up in an animal sanctuary has paid off.

And now things are getting even better for Curious Darwin -- and not just because he no longer has to wear a diaper.

IKEA has announced that it will make a donation to the rural Ontario sanctuary where its namesake primate was relocated. In a post on their Facebook page, the Swedish home furnishing giant wrote:

"At IKEA, we believe in creating a better life for everyone, and as of this past Sunday that unexpectedly included a little monkey who captured hearts around the world. Thank you for your visit, Darwin! We wish you well in your new home at Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary and have made a donation to help create a better everyday life for you and your new friends!"

There is also an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for Darwin's care in his new home. So far, $1,970 have been raised toward the campaign's goal of $3,000. And if you act now (and toss in $100) you can receive a framed photo of North America's most famous primate.

Meanwhile, one person who doesn't like the sound of any of this is the monkey's former owner. Yasmin Nakhuda (seen below with Darwin, brushing their teeth) wants her pet back and insists he is better off living with her than at the sanctuary.

"They throw him bananas and he is not crazy for bananas," Nakhuda wrote in an email to the "Today" show. "Japanese snow macaque babies live on their mothers' backs for a year or more."

"Is anyone at the sanctuary willing to have Darwin on their backs for 24 hours a day and seven days a week? For this is how he lived with me. There were no signs of him being unhappy or stressed out."

As a refresher, here's some cellphone video of the incident that started it all.

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