Coat-Wearing Ikea Monkey Is Internet Star – people looking for some flat-packed furniture at the Ikea store in North York, Toronto were very surprised when they came across a small coat-wearing monkey instead.
The 7-month old rhesus macaque (also known as a rhesus monkey) was first spotted wearing his little fitted brown shearling coat whilst on the upper parking section of the Ikea store on Sunday afternoon.
Shoppers saw the little monkey running around the parking lot screaming and looking quite agitated. He apparently escaped from his owner’s car and made his big bid for freedom, or shopping, depending on your point of view.
The monkey was on the run for around half an hour before being caught by staff from the Toronto Animal Services. It is illegal to keep a rhesus monkey in Ontario and the breed is normally found in much warmer climates, which may explain the need for his little shearling coat.
The owner turned himself into Toronto Animal Services later that afternoon and was fined $240. He was said to have been very co-operative and informed the authorities that the monkey’s name was Darwin.
Darwin quickly became a big online hit and there are at least 2 spoof Twitter accounts for him @IkeaMonkey and @Ikea_Monkey with some calling for the half-metre tall Darwin to be elected as the new city mayor.
Darwin himself was taken to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ontario which is about 55 miles (88km) away from the Ikea store where he was found. He will probably now make Story Book Farm his permanent home although he was said to be less than pleased when he first arrived. This may be because he didn’t know any of the other 24 monkeys living there or just that he didn’t get a chance to buy the furniture that he wanted!
Pamela Anderson In Trouble Over Taxes – the former Baywatch star and Playboy model has got herself into a bit of a financial mess and owes around $370k in taxes.
The 45-year old has been in trouble before over late payment of taxes and in 2009 she owed a whopping $1.7m in back taxes. This time the amount owed comprises around $295k she owes to the US Government and a further $112k owed to her home state of California.
To make sure that they get their money the authorities have placed a court order on Pammie’s Malibu home which prevents her from selling it until the taxes are all paid.
She certainly seems to be a forgetful sort when it comes to getting her purse out as she was previously said to owe the building company that worked on her Malibu home around $1m in fees for the work they carried out. Pamela denied the claim saying that she had already settled their bill in full.
The latest tax bill makes it am absolute certainty that we will see Pamela appear on ITV’s Dancing On Ice but whether she gets to get her hands on any of her fee for this is much less likely as the IRS are likely to want to use it to offset against her tax bill.
Pam said of her latest tax problems: ‘I’m not trying to avoid any tax obligation. Certain events occurred, outside of my control, which caused this temporary but embarrassing situation. All of my tax obligations will be resolved in the very near future.’