On December 9, 2012, shoppers expecting a traditional IKEA shopping excursion got something else. Sprinting between cars in the store’s adjacent two-level parking garage was a primate decked out in a tailored faux-shearling coat and a diaper. Barely a foot tall, the gimlet-eyed creature scanned the growing crowd around him looking for any sign of his keeper. Several of them snapped his photograph.
In less than an hour, animal services would arrive to collect him. In less than nine hours, he would become an international news story.
I remember when this happened in 2012 and thinking was a really weird story. This oral history shows it was even weirder than I imagined.