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Monkey in John Motson coat at Ikea becomes internet sensation - video

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A baby monkey spotted in an Ikea car park wearing a John Motson-style coat has become an internet sensation.

Shoppers at a Canadian Ikea store described scenes of chaos as people tried to shoo the primate away from their cars.



They told The Toronto Star that the sight of the animal in a sheepskin jacket similar to the one often worn by the football commentator was 'very bizarre' to see.

One shopper's photos of the monkey - identified as a 'rhesus macaque' - have been picked up by news publications across the world as it became an internet sensation.

Ikea and hashtag #ikeamonkey were both trending among Twitter users worldwide, while at least one spoof account was spawned by the animal's antics.

"This was inevitable," read the first Tweet on @IkeaMonkey's profile which now has nearly 2,000 followers.

Hours later the account posted: "Just passed by a mirror and HOLY COW HOW CUTE AM I" followed by: "Way overdressed for this animal shelter."

The monkey is believed to have escaped from its owner's car but was cornered by security staff at Ikea. The owner has since been charged with owning a banned animal and the monkey handed over to the city's animal service department.

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