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Monkey in Fancy Coat Roams Ikea

Monkey in Fancy Coat Roams Ikea

Holiday shoppers at a Canadian Ikea store could not believe their eyes when they saw a monkey roaming alone in the parking lot and foyer of the store. This bizarre scene was all the more surreal as the rhesus monkey was sporting a shearling coat. As cute as the image may seem, critics wonder why someone would own an exotic pet, much less bring the animal on a shopping trip.

Reports suggest that the monkey looked frightened and unsure of where to go. He remained in the foyer of the store until animal control officers arrived. The animal’s owner came forward later in the day and was reunited with the monkey.

How did the monkey get inside the Ikea store? The animal let himself out of a cage from his owner’s car and wandered through the parking lot before making his way inside the store lobby. The owner was later charged with possessing an exotic animal, and signed the monkey over to Toronto Animal Services.

The healthy seven-year-old monkey is currently in a sanctuary, and officials are looking for an appropriate home, according to Toronto’s The Star.



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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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3:08AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

thank you for sharing 7/7

1:09PM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:37PM PDT on Apr 5, 2013

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Thanks for doing what you can to spread awareness about illegal Wild animal traders and owners, or "monkey mamas". These animals are not toys or pets.

3:27AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Probably saw the ad.

5:47AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

rearing and keeping all forms of exotic pets should be banned in totality. animals were not meant to live like that, not for our entertainment and amusement.

4:37AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

This disturbing trend of owning wild animals needs to stop. They belong in the wild and should not be made into pets.

3:50AM PST on Feb 26, 2013


3:07AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Cute in the wild...

6:45PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

So not a pet.

3:11PM PST on Jan 2, 2013

No words !

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