TORONTO Dec 10 A stylishly dressed five-month
old monkey that caused a frenzy as it wandered around the
parking lot of a Toronto-area Ikea store will be transferred to
a sanctuary, officials said on Monday.
Police were called to the furniture store on Sunday
afternoon in Canada's most populous city after the monkey broke
loose from its cage and began running around a parking area.
One witness, Bronwin Page, said the animal, identified as a
male Rhesus macaque, looked scared as it scurried between the
ever growing crowd of people.
"We quickly realized it was a monkey wearing a coat and a
diaper," Page told CBC radio. "That was pretty bizarre."
The owners surrendered the monkey, named Darwin, to
authorities, who will donate the animal to an area primate
"He appears to be in good health," Toronto Animal Services
supervisor Mary Lou Leiher told reporters.
(Reporting By Russ Blinch. Editing by Andre Grenon)