According to the Guardian (and many other sources), a fur-clad monkey was found in the parking lot of an Ikea store in Toronto.
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 on Sunday 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 paper 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.”
The owners have since come forward to identify themselves, and have been fined for possessing an illegal animal.
Here’s a news report:
Monkeys are never good pets, but at least this one was stylishly attired. DO NOT try this at home! (BTW, my dad had a squirrel monkey named Chippy when he was a kid.)