Tweeters fall in love with coat-wearing Ikea monkey

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A monkey, a fancy coat, and an Ikea in Canada. That’s how it all started:

The Ikea Monkey has a name and it is not Billy or Johan, but fittingly, Darwin.

Toronto’s Animal Services says Darwin, a rhesus macaque monkey, which was found in a shearling-like winter coat at a northern Toronto Ikea Sunday, is seven months old and his owners are originally from Montreal.

Much like the fancily clad primate, the story has run amok on Twitter.

We can’t blame #ikeamonkey. Those meatballs are BOMB.

— Urban Outfitters (@UrbanOutfitters) December 10, 2012

Typical: the coolest, most stylish thing to happen to Toronto and it came from Montreal. #ikeamonkey

— Jason Carlin (@the2scoops) December 10, 2012

What’s with the world when #ikeamonkey has a nicer coat than many people on the planet do?

— J.C. Gonder (@riproaringca) December 10, 2012

Miiiiiiiiiiine! “@dloesch: Tiny monkey in a coat in Ikea:…

— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) December 10, 2012

All I want for Christmas is the Ikea monkey.

— Ford Models (@FordModels) December 10, 2012

Of course, not everyone sees the humor/adorableness of the situation.

75% of all new infectious diseases originate from nonhuman animals. Idiots like #ikeamonkey owners should be jailed

— Nicole Simone (@LateJuly) December 10, 2012

It didn’t take long for the Ikea monkey to get a Twitter handle and a few thousand followers. @Ikeamonkey has officially arrived.

this was inevitable

— Ikea Monkey (@IKEAmonkey) December 9, 2012

even harder to tweet while patting myself on the back continuously @kendp @ikeamonkey how do you tweet without opposable thumbs? #IkeaMonkey

— Ikea Monkey (@IKEAmonkey) December 9, 2012

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