Shoppers who paid a recent visit to an IKEA store in Canada where treated to the antics of monkey is a stylish coat, according to Yahoo! News.
Although it’s not too surprising that a monkey would eventually find its way into an IKEA location, the tiny animal in the sheepskin jacket wasn’t there to shop for home decorations. Apparently the monkey managed to escape from its owner’s car, a feat it followed up with a trip through the retailer’s parking lot.
Security staff at the Toronto IKEA managed to corner the frightened little macaque before placing a call to police.
“At first, I didn’t know what kind of animal it was. Then I was like ‘Oh my gosh, it’s a monkey!” explained Bronwyn Page, who managed to get photos of the monkey before it was apprehended by authorities. “We didn’t think it was real. It was very bizarre to see. I never expected to see that.”
According to The Associated Press, the IKEA monkey was understandably freaked out by the encounter with security guards. Toronto Police Staff Sergeant Ed Dzingala said the macaque was “pretty scared” during the encounter. The animal was apprehended before it got lost inside the furniture store.
Page said people kept trying to call the monkey towards them, which only served to agitated the little creature.
“All the people were trying to call it towards them, but it was very scared, it was darting all over the place. People were trying to get it away from cars,” the photographer said.
Unfortunately for the macaque, the reunion with its owner was ultimately cut short. Since owning a banned animal is against the law, the monkey was later handed over to Toronto’s animal services department.
To check out the monkey hanging around outside of IKEA while wearing a stylish sheepskin coat, be sure to swing by CBC News.