Jacketed monkey found roaming Ikea
The reporter from Canada’s CTV television summed things up about as well as anyone could: “How many times has this happened to you - you head out to do a little shopping with your well-dressed pet monkey. Suddenly you and your tiny friend get separated.”
He added, perhaps unnecessarily: “Actually, that’s never happened to you, or me, or most people. But it appears to have happened to someone today.”
In an incident which would defy belief had it not been well witnessed and, more importantly, captured on Instagram, shoppers at an Ikea store in suburban Toronto were greeted yesterday by the sight of a tiny, confused and seemingly lost pet monkey running round the entrance lobby.
If this was not enough, said monkey was clad in a close-fitting, button-up sheepskin jacket and wearing a nappy.
Toronto police believe the animal was inside a cage in a car parked at the store in North York but somehow managed to free itself. “It was pretty scared. It was a tame monkey,” staff sergeant Ed Dzingala was quoted as saying by the Globe and Mail newspaper.
“Nobody got hurt. The monkey was a little scared, that’s all.”
The newspaper quoted a Toronto city spokesman as saying the creature appeared to be a rhesus macaque. These are not permitted as pets in Ontario, thus generating the Globe and Mail’s headline: “Stylish but illegal monkey found roaming Toronto Ikea.”
A witness, Bronwyn Page, told CTV that she saw bystanders try to pen in the terrified monkey and prevent it from running towards cars.
She concluded: “This is so bizarre. Like, why is a monkey at Ikea?”
It was Ms Page who took the photographs which have since spread around Twitter and other social media.
The owners have surrendered the monkey, named Darwin, to authorities, who will donate the animal to an area primate sanctuary.
"He appears to be in good health," Toronto Animal Services supervisor Mary Lou Leiher told reporters.
Reporting: Guardian and Reuters