Robert: P.E.I. monkey turns out to be a hoax, sales of bananas soar
Published on June 8th, 2021 @ 11:39 AM
Reports of a primate loose in the capital city of Prince Edward Island turned out to be nothing but “monkey business”.
Rumours of a long-tailed monkey wandering the streets of Charlottetown began circulating on social media yesterday, and it didn’t take long before the whole situation went “bananas”. (Are you liking these monkey puns?)
Following an investigation, Charlottetown Police would issue a statement assuring residents that the reports were greatly exaggerated and no evidence to support the claim was found. They would also caution that a prank like this can strain the emergency 911 system.
While we all appreciate a good joke (especially during the pandemic), an incident like this can put a strain on the system. It's all fun and games until 911 is tied up with people calling about a fake monkey and those with real emergencies can't get through. -Dispatcher Kelly 🚨
— Charlottetown Police (@ChtownPolice) June 7, 2021
The P.E.I. Humane Society would also chime in and said the prank was ill-advised and said it was thankful no animals were harmed.
Elsewhere, some retailers noted that the sale of bananas had sharply increased, with some Islanders admitting to carrying the yellow fruit with them in case they came across the monkey.