Alex Nino Gheciu
A North York Ikea store attracted an unorthodox customer Sunday afternoon.
Shoppers encountered a tiny monkey adorned in a fitted shearling coat and diapers running around the store’s upper parking garage around 2 p.m.
“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 the Ikea around Leslie St. and Highway 401 eventually cornered the animal in the garage elevator and called police. Animal Services soon arrived at the store to pick up the tiny shopper.
Store manager Alviro Carmona says the tiny primate never made it into the store and that nobody was injured.
“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. Steven Reid of 33 Division.
“So we’ll never find out who misplaced their monkey.”
In Toronto, primates such as such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, lemurs are prohibited as pets.