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Well-dressed monkey goes bananas at an Ikea store in Canada

A monkey dressed in a sheepskin coat at an Ikea store. Photo: RTV

A monkey dressed in a sheepskin coat shocked shoppers at an Ikea store in Toronto, Canada.

The seven-month-old animal managed to escape from its crate in a vehicle and started roaming around the car park, much to the amusement of passers-by.

Bronwyn Page, who was among the shoppers that spotted the sharply-dressed monkey, said:

There was a group of people around and a little thing on the 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.

This is so bizarre. Like why is there a monkey at Ikea? Like I never expected to see that. I was pretty shocked.

– Bronwyn Page

Ms Page said she first thought the monkey was fake but learned otherwise when the animal began running around the crowd and screaming.

Onlookers eventually managed to get the monkey inside the store and the authorities were called.

The animal is with the authorities and is said to be in good health. Credit: RTV

Toronto Animal Services said the owner signed the rhesus macaque monkey over to the organisation and faces a single charge of having a prohibited animal. The monkey is in good health and is in the agency's care.

News of the animal went viral on Twitter with #Ikeamonkey trending in Toronto and "Toronto Ikea" trending across Canada.