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Stylish but illegal monkey found roaming Toronto Ikea

10:37 am - 12/10/2012

A disoriented monkey was found wandering aimlessly outside an Ikea store in North York Sunday.

The animal sighting quickly sparked a flurry of activity among Torontonians, who tweeted and re-tweeted pictures and created at least two parody accounts on Twitter.

Dressed in a shearling coat and a diaper, the monkey managed to open its crate, unlock the car door and go for a stroll in the Ikea parking lot – clearly a “smart monkey” for having managed all that, said Toronto Police Staff Sergeant Ed Dzingala.

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.”

A city of Toronto spokesman said the monkey is a rhesus macaque, a species that is illegal in Ontario. Steve Johnston said charges were laid against the owner, an offence notice, which has a set fine of $240 for having a prohibited animal in the city.

The monkey caused quite a stir at the Ikea store Sunday afternoon, as shoppers out to pick up Christmas presents or furniture couldn’t help but be drawn to the incident.

Lisa Lin, an Aurora resident, had just arrived at Ikea, around Leslie St. and Highway 401, Sunday afternoon to make some returns and purchase Christmas cards when she noticed the activity. She immediately snapped a picture of the monkey and later posted it on Instagram.

“It was pretty surreal,” said Ms. Lin, 30. “I thought ‘Is that really a monkey?’ Who brings a monkey to Ikea?

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.

She tweeted her pictures of the monkey, which instantly went viral on Twitter. Ms. Page received interview requests from media outlets across the city. Of her experience, she said: “I’m glad I took a picture. This day has taken a big turn. I didn’t expect it.”

The monkey was still with Toronto Animal Services Sunday night. A woman who answered the phone at animal services said the monkey was “good to go,” keeping warm and no longer scared by the new surroundings.


Imgur has already come up with an explanation.

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spyral_path 10th-Dec-2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Why can't people just go to the shelter and adopt a dog or a cat?
cpsings4him 10th-Dec-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Not edgy enough, don't you know! :p
thistlerose 10th-Dec-2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
“good to go,”

Where, though? Poor thing; I wonder what they're going to do with it.
lucygray 10th-Dec-2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
I can't speak for Toronto cuz I'm from the US but I took it as the phrase "good to go", meaning everything is good, the monkey is unharmed, etc.
blunder_buss 10th-Dec-2012 04:07 pm (UTC)

I'm not even joking, that's exactly the reaction I had to this story. I nearly hurt my neck from tilting it so hard.

Just ....... whaaaa?
theciz 10th-Dec-2012 04:18 pm (UTC)
I second the woman who said who brings a monkey to IKEA. Poor little thing.

On the other hand, omg its little coat <3

I'm wondering if they could take it to a zoo, but if it's been a pet, maybe it won't know how to interact with the other monkeys. :/
whorishness 10th-Dec-2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
My cousin's zoo has already had a meeting to discuss whether or not they will make a bid to adopt it into their programs. They have experience with delinquent monkeys, and are an hour from Toronto.
cpsings4him 10th-Dec-2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Poor little guy! :(
korppi_ravn 10th-Dec-2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
I think he looks pretty well off, considering he could afford such a nice coat.
tothechangmin 10th-Dec-2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
the poor thing looks so confused :( but at least it had a nice jacket to keep it warm
magli 10th-Dec-2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
I love that you used the fashion tag.
chaya 10th-Dec-2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
~I try~
mercystars 10th-Dec-2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
EXCELLENT macro there

poetic_pixie_13 10th-Dec-2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
This and the resulting outpouring of 'awww, poor bb' in the city is such a Toronto thing. Idek.

Also, the North York Ikea is fucking magical. If I ever decide to uhaul with a girlfriend that's where we'll go.
chaya 10th-Dec-2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
to uhaul with a girlfriend

I've never heard uhaul as a verb before but that is 150% the perfect use for it.
recorded 10th-Dec-2012 06:56 pm (UTC)
a species that is illegal in Ontario. Steve Johnston said charges were laid against the owner, an offence notice, which has a set fine of $240 for having a prohibited animal in the city.

So wait, do they know who the owner is? Is this not just some mysterious abandoned monkey? I NEED TO KNOW THE FACTS.
chaya 10th-Dec-2012 07:10 pm (UTC)
Presumably if they laid charges against the owner and know that 'the monkey managed to open its crate, unlock the car door and go for a stroll' then they know who owns it?
bluebombardier 10th-Dec-2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Hey now I enjoy monkeying around Ikea as much as the next person, but this is taking it bit far.
popehippo 10th-Dec-2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
teacup_werewolf 10th-Dec-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Apparently the Burlington Coat Factory makes coats for monkeys too...who knew
sitakhet 10th-Dec-2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
Meanwhile, in Canada...
bestdaywelived 10th-Dec-2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
The cuteness of this photo makes me sad that my ferret wouldn't let me put clothes on her. Because OMG.
betray802 10th-Dec-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Years ago, I was on the phone with a soon-to-be ex (he'd moved from CO to WA, I realized the long-distance deal wasn't going to work long before he did.) He's telling me about how he and his father had just spent all day doing the dishes, because they hadn't done any until they had nothing left to use.

Suddenly he says "Hang on, babe. Kasey, no!" Dimly, I hear crashing noises. The pots and pans had been sitting on the kitchen island, and Kasey the ferret had gotten up there and was busily pushing them onto the floor, because Daddy was ignoring her.
amber_protocol 11th-Dec-2012 12:52 am (UTC)
I would be losing my shit if a monkey showed up at my work, it would be amazing. Someone brought a litter of kittens in a box in the other week (office job) so that was pretty much the best thing ever, but a monkey would most definitely top that.

And what is my life that I'm coveting a monkey's coat lmao.
borderline_mary 11th-Dec-2012 01:06 am (UTC)
homasse 11th-Dec-2012 01:51 am (UTC)
"Who brings a monkey to Ikea?

And that is when I died. >XD

And stylin' monkey is stylin'.
psychesky 11th-Dec-2012 05:49 am (UTC)
Time for a thread of animals in clothes?

My cat Sylvia:

Edited at 2012-12-11 05:50 am (UTC)
mirhanda 13th-Dec-2012 01:57 am (UTC)
*Dying of cute!*
deleriumd 11th-Dec-2012 07:09 am (UTC)
That monkey is better dressed than I am...
romp 11th-Dec-2012 07:51 am (UTC)
I saw a series of photos taken of it in the parking lot and it really looked stressed, like a lost toddler. :( I hope it lives somewhere lovely from now on.
lastrega 11th-Dec-2012 08:09 am (UTC)
Adorbs as that coat is, monkeys are not pets, yo.
moonbladem 11th-Dec-2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
She said the small animal seemed nervous as it surrounded by a group of people, and made screeching noises.

I'd be screeching too if I was wearing a coat and diapers, surrounded by people busily snapping pictures of me to upload to various social networks, when all I wanted to do was freaking shop at Ikea in peace. Monkeys like Ikea too you know.
simplefaith08 11th-Dec-2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
No matter how many times I see this article, the phrase "Stylish but illegal monkey" always cracks me up.
piratesswoop 13th-Dec-2012 02:23 am (UTC)
Same, it's just a combination of words I'd never expect to see.
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