A monkey spotted in a shearling coat in a Toronto Ikea parking lot has stolen the hearts of internet users around the world.

The IKEA Monkey has inspired memes, a twitter account and the story has been picked up by media in the U.S. and the U.K.

The 7-month-old rhesus macaque named Darwin was discovered by shoppers and IKEA staff on Sunday afternoon and became buzzed about in Toronto.

Within hours an IKEA Monkey twitter acount had been started.

Ikea Monkey
you know what they say: though the story may fade, the parody account always lives on

On Sunday night, the story picked up steam. As of Monday morning, our story on the monkey has more than 3,000 likes on Facebook.

The monkey is currently under the care of the Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont., CBC reports. The Globe and Mail also reports that monkeys like Darwin can carry diseases harmful to humans. A Toronto Animal Services spokesperson also said that the animal was agitated because it was separated from its owner.

Internet users also latched on to every aspect of the IKEA monkey tale. Check out some of the best viral parodies and Twitter reactions in the slideshow below.

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  • Monkey Memes

    <a href="http://thisismajortomtogroundcontrol.tumblr.com/post/37634617883">Via Tumblr</a>

  • Monkey Memes

    <a href="http://the-farthest-outpost.tumblr.com/post/37608144405/the-ikea-monkey-you-wil-become-a-legend">Via Tumblr</a>

  • Monkey Memes

    <a href="http://annicka.tumblr.com/post/37640306778/okay-this-is-really-the-last-one">Via Tumblr</a>

  • Monkey Memes

    <a href="https://twitter.com/GraphicMatt/status/277889133534400512">Via @GraphicMatt</a>

  • Monkey Memes

    <a href="https://twitter.com/Justin_Ling/status/277901848093024256">Via @Justin_Ling</a>

  • Monkey Memes

    <a href="https://twitter.com/ALL_CAPS/status/277920865423855616">Via @All_Caps</a>

  • Monkey Memes

    <a href="http://twitpic.com/bktmml">Via @JamesWBreen</a>

  • Monkey Memes

    <a href="https://twitter.com/GraphicMatt/status/277890481839538176">Via @Graphic_Matt</a>

  • James Cowan

    We're all going to feel really horrible when they determine it's just a really ugly toddler. #ikeamonkey

  • Don Peat

    Signs you are in #Toronto: Our stray monkeys wear shearling coats #ikeamonkey

  • bechnique

    Today's sock choice inspired by Darwin #ikeamonkey http://t.co/T6m7zHsb

  • Fiona Turko

    RT @UrbanOutfitters: We can't blame #ikeamonkey. Those meatballs are BOMB.

  • Noah Mintz Mastering

    For the first (and probably only) time in my life, I regret not going to Ikea on a Sunday. #ikeamonkey

  • Talin Orfali

    here come the IKEA Monkey Stuffed Animals in stores soon - #ikeamonkey

  • Keesha

    I made the #Ikeamonkey my desktop image. Happy Monday.

  • Katie Simpson

    @CP24 right now is running exclusive video of #IkeaMonkey on his escapade yesterday. Apparently he's quite stressed today. #PoorGuy

The Toronto Star also has an excellent roundup of monkey memes. And Buzzfeed too.