Miserable Monday? Make it A Mysterious Monkey Monday!

Ikea MonkeyEarlier today I was perusing the web and spotted a headline that I never thought I’d see:

Mysterious monkey in posh miniature winter coat

found alone at Toronto Ikea

Now just take a minute to take that in. A ‘mysterious monkey’ in a ‘posh’ winter coat ‘alone’ at an ‘Ikea’.

It wasn’t an advertising stunt either, as this mysterious monkey was ILLEGAL!

A small monkey, dressed in a shearling-like winter coat, was on the loose outside an Ikea in Toronto’s North York area on Sunday, after letting itself out of its cage and the car belonging to its owners.

At around 3 p.m. ET, the diminutive primate was spotted in the store’s upper parking lot, where it was cornered by several Ikea staff members, who also called animal control to come retrieve the monkey.

“It apparently let itself out of its crate, opened the car door and went for a walk,” Toronto Police Sgt. Ed Dzingala said. “Smart monkey.”

“It was just outside the store, just in a corner area where the monkey had no where to go, but it was pretty scared,” said Dzingala.

Ikea staff managed to lure the primate into a corner before calling police, who in turn contacted the city’s Animal Services department, he said.

After the monkey was taken into custody by animal services, a man came forward and claimed the animal. CP24 later reported that the monkey’s owners were charged a $240 fine for having a prohibited animal, and will not be able to take it home.

“It was very bizarre to see a real live monkey there,” witness Bronwyn Page told CTV news. “It was really small and just funny dressed in the coat.”

Monkey owners of Toronto, be more careful with your primates!

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