Home movies of Darwin the Ikea monkey brushing his teeth, wearing dungarees and sucking a dummy have emerged, all filmed by his doting owner who desperately wants him back.
Real-estate lawyer Yasmin Nakhuda says Darwin sleeps, eats, shops and showers with her, and that he needs her "like a child needs a mother".
According to CTV News, the seven-month-old rhesus macaque has been taken in by the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Ontario, Canada, after he was spotted wandering into an Ikea store, looking rakish in a shearling coat.
Darwin had apparently unlocked his own cage and opened the car door before heading into the Swedish furniture store on Monday.
Nakhuda has been fined $240 as keeping the breed as a pet is illegal in Canada, so it's unlikely she'll be reunited with her surrogate "son".
She told the Toronto Star: “It was a babysitting experience that turned out into a fatal attraction and put me where I am.
“It's not like raising any other animals, or dog or cat. You need to experience it. He has feelings like human beings."
Nakhuda has highlighted a number of home movies of Darwin as she continues to plead for access to her former pet.
In a video uploaded in October, she writes: “He is more than a handful: needs to be baby bottle fed night time and needs at least 3 diaper change a day.
“He has to be with me all the time which means he goes with me to the office, sleeps with me, eats with me, showers with me, goes shopping with me . . . it is more than a human baby so yes, not everyone can handle a baby monkey. He is now 6 months old only and is expected to be around 4 feet tall.”
Do you think Nakhuda should be reunited with Darwin?