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Ikea monkey "mom" won't get him back; judge rules Darwin is a wild animal

TORONTO - The Ikea monkey may have worn clothing and slept in his former owner's bed, but he is still a wild animal and therefore should not be returned to the woman who calls herself his "mom," a judge ruled Friday. The minute Darwin the monkey made his great escape from Yasmin Nakhuda's car at the Toronto furniture store in December she lost any ownership claim to him, Ontario Superior Court Judge Mary Vallee found. "(Case law) states that the nature of an animal, rather than how it is treated, determines whether it is wild," Vallee wrote in her decision.

Pets of Argentine flood victims in need of homes

Buenos Aires, Apr 15 (EFE).- The pets of the thousands of victims of the flooding earlier this month in the Argentine city of La Plata gaze out from photographs on social-networking sites, looking sad and lost as they wait to be reunited with their owners or adopted by a new owner. Some of the animals, the majority of them cats and dogs, wander the city's streets, while others have been taken in by families who hope they will be reclaimed by their owners or placed in new homes.

Bieber has four weeks to pick up pet monkey

Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has four weeks to produce the necessary papers to pick up his pet monkey Mally from the German customs office, authorities said Monday. Mally, which was confiscated at Munich airport Thursday because the 19-year-old pop sensation was unable to present the requisite forms for importing a live animal, is waiting in a holding pen, the customs office said. "There are four weeks left to present the required documents and claim the animal," Munich customs office spokesman Martin Brandlhuber told AFP.

It's a dog's life for Singapore's pampered pets

The guests lean over the side of the boat to catch the morning breeze as their catamaran eases off from a jetty in Singapore. A typical cruise, except for the fact that the passengers are dogs. "Actually, this is their third cruise," said Andy Pe, 43, the doting owner of two Black Labrador Retrievers, a Yellow Labrador, a Golden Retriever and two mongrels. "They enjoy the sea breeze and water so much."
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