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OMG, Canada – Shearling Coat Wearing Monkey Found Wandering Around Canadian Ikea

I’m going to start a series called, “OMG, Canada” because there are some things that happen in this country that make me go “Whuuuuu???!!!!”




Yesterday at a Toronto Ikea, a poor rhesus macaque in a hella stylish shearling coat was found wandering around the parking lot.Shearling Coat - Wearing Monkey

DOESN’T THIS PICTURE JUST MAKE YOU WANT TO CRY???!!!  Look at it’s poor face???!!!  HE’S SO SCARED!!!!!

At first I was bemused by this news, but when I saw that picture my heart was breaking!!!

Jeff just haughtily informed me that, “Oh, that news has been allllllll around today!  Eeeeeeeverybody’s been talking about it!!!!  Puhleeeze, it’s been said + done already!!!!  It’s YESTERDAY’S news!!!!”.  Cue “Snobby High Society Man”:SnobbySocietyMan




“Oh my word, dear girl.  Monkeys are not en vogue today.  Please do check in with me yesterday.”









Well, gosh darn it all to heck!!!  It’s not INTERNATIONAL NEWS!!!!  People other than Canadians are reading this, mister!!!!

All I care about is this poor little stressed out, incredibly intelligent rhesus macaque who was illegally purchased probably in some underground exotic animal operation!  Lil’ Rhesus was driven to Ikea with his owners, left inside the car while they went shopping for some Billy bookcases or something.  Lil’ Rhesus let itself out of it’s cage, opened the car door (that was probably unlocked because hey, it’s Canada) to look for it’s owners!  So smart!  It is only 5 months old!!!!  IT’S JUST A BABY!!!!!!

Well, animal services caught this little guy + it is now being transferred to a primate sanctuary + the owners are being charged $240 for it’s ownership.  THAT’S IT!!!!???

A lot of people have made light of this situation – but I truly don’t find a confused, lost animal in distress among strange faces + automobiles to be a funny situation.

May this be a lesson to people who are illegally in possession of exotic animals who require much more care, understanding + knowledge of their complex needs.  They are not toys or novelities .ShearlingCoatMonkey

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Deb Fayle #

    You go girl! Totally agree. This story parallels Curious George … though the man with the yellow hat would never leave George at Ikea!!

    December 10, 2012
    • EXACTLY!!!! I don’t know why so many people were making jokes about this story!

      December 11, 2012
  2. Awww,, poor little thing… I agree with you.

    I didn’t even know people could keep monkies in Canada… ?_?

    December 11, 2012
    • You can’t keep monkeys in Canada – the owners were fined (they should have been fined much,much more) + the little monkey was taken to a primate sanctuary.

      December 11, 2012
  3. I hadn’t heard about it – poor thing!

    December 11, 2012
    • I know! The title of the news report made me laugh, but when I saw the photo of the stressed out little thing’s face I was so upset!

      December 11, 2012
  4. Zhu #

    I heard the story too! Just strange… bit cold out for a monkey, even on with a coat!

    December 11, 2012
    • Right! Rhesus monkeys don’t belong in Toronto in the winter wearing jackets!!!!

      December 11, 2012
  5. rocky nishino #

    God bless you,
    mommy hiroko

    December 11, 2012

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