Last year this dapper little monkey made international headlines when he was found wandering unescorted inside a big-box store in Toronto, Canada wearing a miniature shearling coat and a look of existential ennui.
The small and stylish primate was first spotted in the parking lot outside the megastore before he made his way inside and began roaming around, where he was photographed by numerous shoppers. Although some people initially thought it might be a prank or promotional stunt, it soon became apparent that the little fellow was on the lam.
The daring little guy was someone’s pet rhesus macaque, thought to have been inside a crate which was inside a car located in the store’s parking lot. After cleverly making his escape, he set out on a brief adventure before eventually being captured by Toronto animal services. (In case you’re wondering, no, he didn’t buy anything.)
Canadian police said: ‘It’s a smart monkey.’
As the monkey’s story spread, an internet meme was born and soon photoshopped images began appearing online placing the fashionable simian in all sorts of unlikely scenes.
We were inspired by this intrepid and impressively well-dressed primate, who not only escaped his confines and ran amok through a superstore, but also posed for photos that would later spread across the internet like wildfire. This is why we decided to celebrate such a wondrous and weird occurrence the best way we knew how, by creating a lingonberry scented air freshener in his likeness. He’s 4-1/4″ (10.8 cm) tall and comes with a string for hanging inside a bag with an illustrated header:
This is our attempt to pay homage to an act of primate rebellion and undeniable simian swagger. You have to admit, in the end, aren’t we all just monkeys trapped in a society that we didn’t make and don’t understand? When we see him standing there in his tiny coat we realize that he is us and we are him.
Plus, monkey in people clothes! Awww…
And don’t worry about the monkey. At last report, while still in the care of animal services, he had recovered from the stress of his shopping adventure and was in good health and, we’re guessing, already shopping for next season’s jacket.
(Quote and photos via Dailymail.co.uk)