A  monkey wearing a miniature shearing coat and a diaper was found on Sunday roaming an Ikea parking lot in Toronto. When customers and store staff saw the monkey, they alerted animal services to capture the  animal,  Canada's CBC news reports.

The monkey belonged to an Ikea customer who came forward to pick up the animal after it roamed the parking lot, according to Toronto Police Sgt. Ed Dzingala. The man, who claimed he was fined $240 for having a prohibited animal, said he will not be able to keep the pet.

“It apparently let itself out of its crate, opened the car door and went for a walk,” the National Post claims Dzingala said. “It’s a smart monkey.”

Apparently, the Ikea staff was able to box the monkey into a corner before animal services arrived to properly manage the situation. “[The monkey] was just outside the store, just in a corner area where the monkey had no where [sic] to go, but it was pretty scared,” Dzingala said to the Post.

Lisa Lin, of Aurora, was just getting to the Ikea, located near Leslie St. and Highway 401, Sunday afternoon to return items and go Christmas shopping when she noticed the commotion, the Globe And Mail reports.

“It was pretty surreal,” said Lin, 30. “I thought ‘Is that really a monkey?’ Who brings a monkey to Ikea?”

Toronto resident and Twitter user,  Bronwyn Page (@broniewyn), was buying a Christmas tree when she saw the small animal. She tweeted a picture of the animal, and said: “I’m glad I took a picture. This day has taken a big turn. I didn’t expect it.”




“Umm saw a monkey in the #ikea parking lot,” the Twitter user posted around noon on Sunday.




“Another #monkey at #ikea photo!” the user wrote at almost 2:30 pm about the same roaming monkey.”

The Globe and Mail reports that as of Sunday night, the monkey was still with Toronto Animal Services

A parody Twitter account was also created for the Ikea monkey