A fashionably dressed monkey was collected by animal services on Sunday afternoon, after shoppers spotted the animal in the parking lot of a Toronto Ikea store.
Apparently, the monkey, who was wearing a shearling coat and a diaper, was brought to the store by his owners and left in the car while they went inside. Well, as you might have guessed this wasn’t a regular runaway monkey, its owner’s, who were shopping in the store at the time, have come forward to claim the monkey, Toronto Police Sgt. Ed Dzingala told CBC News.
Dzingala said that the animal was in a car in the parking lot and it somehow let itself out of its crate, adding, "It's a smart monkey."
Shopper Stephanie Yim said she believes she was the first person to spot the escaped monkey. "It was the weirdest thing." she said. "I thought I was going insane."
Bronwyn Page, a Toronto resident, was at Ikea buying a Christmas tree when she noticed the monkey. She said the small animal seemed nervous as it surrounded by a group of people, and made screeching noises.
Shoppers eventually alerted Ikea staff, who then contacted animal services.
The monkey was ushered into a corner of the store by Ikea employees and police until animal services arrived. The monkey was unharmed, although it was a bit alarmed with all the attention, police said.
“It was pretty scared. It was a tame monkey,” Sgt. Dzingala said. “Nobody got hurt. The monkey was a little scared, that’s all.
The animal sighting quickly sparked a flurry of activity among Torontonians, who tweeted and re-tweeted pictures and created at least two parody accountson Twitter.
u guys are all still gonna be following me in a couple days right?— Ikea Monkey (@IKEAmonkey) December 9, 2012
Judging by how much you all like my coat, It's a shame you missed me when I was enjoying my frozen yogurt in a cone. #ikea— Ikea Monkey (@Ikea_Monkey) December 9, 2012
Let’s quickly check out what people are talking about #IkeaMonkey on Twitter:
#IkeaMonkey sounds suspiciously like plot of 1994 classic "Monkey Trouble." maybe Dodger is still on the run looking for his beloved owner!— molly hayes (@MollyatTheSpec) December 9, 2012
"hello i am the #ikeamonkey and i would like to buy a reasonably-priced sofa of elegant design."--ikea monkey— John Semley (@johnsemley3000) December 9, 2012
Ikea has admitted that #IkeaMonkey is actually an employee in their assembly instruction writing dept— trapdinawrpool (@trapdinawrpool) December 9, 2012
Yeah, Shearling Coat #IkeaMonkey is all fun and games until he's PATIENT ZERO.— Sexy Typewriter (@sexytypewriter) December 9, 2012
You know all kids (and adults) will now want a monkey in a coat for Christmas. #ikeamonkey— Lesley Nilsson (@lesleyvillain) December 9, 2012
A new internet meme also developed, with the warm and smart monkey being depicted in a range of unlikely situations.