Mystery surrounds a little monkey who surprised shoppers at a Toronto Ikea on Sunday. Shoppers encountered the tiny creature adorned in a shearling coat and diapers running around the store’s upper parking garage at around 2pm
“It was just running around screaming,” said shopper Bronwyn Page. “There was a crowd of us around it and it seemed really scared and agitated.” Security guards at Ikea eventually cornered the animal in the garage elevator and called police. Animal Services soon arrived at the store to pick up the tiny shopper.
“The monkey was in a bit of shock, but it’s calmed down now that we’ve been feeding it some grapes,” said a representative at the North York Animal Services Centre. “At least it’s warm and safe now ... It tried to keep warm in the coat the best that an animal of its size could.”
Animal Services said it was unclear where the monkey came from or who its owner was. Police, meanwhile, believe it is unlikely the owner will come forward. “You’ll never find out [who the owner is] because it’s illegal to have exotic animals like that in the city of Toronto,” said Const. Reid of 33 Division. “So we’ll never find out who misplaced their monkey.”