Monkey wearing coat found in IKEA

Stylish monkey escapes from its crate in Toronto

TORONTO - Shoppers at an IKEA home furnishings store in Toronto were shocked Sunday after they spotted a monkey dressed in a coat roaming the store's parking lot.

Toronto police say the 7-month-old monkey escaped from its crate and managed to find his way outside of a parked car.

Toronto resident Bronwyn Page was among the shoppers who caught a glimpse of the stylish monkey.

"There was a group of people around and a little thing on the ground.  At first, I didn't know what kind of animal it was or what it was and I was, like, 'Oh my gosh, that's a monkey,'" said Page.

She said she first thought the monkey was fake but quickly learned otherwise as the monkey began darting around the crowd.

"This is so bizarre. Like, why is there a monkey at IKEA?  I never expected to see that.  I was pretty shocked," Page added.

She said onlookers eventually managed to get the monkey inside and authorities were called to the scene.

Toronto Animal Services said the owner signed the rhesus macaque monkey over to the organization and faces a single charge of having a prohibited animal.

The monkey is in good health and is in the agency's care.

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