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Now, you might think this is an elaborate cover-up from the zookeeper devised to shift the blame for her online shopping sprees, but - as you can see - the CCTV seems to corroborate her story.
Lv Mengmeng has raised the cheeky baboon since it was an infant at Yancheng Wild Animal World in east China's Jiangsu Province.
On the day of the online splurge last Wednesday, Ms Lv had added a few items to her cart on online shopping site Taobao when she noticed the baboon was peckish and headed out to fetch some grub - leaving her phone behind in the enclosure.
Upon her return, she noticed she had received several notifications confirming that her orders had been placed.
Ms Lv said: "The baboon was hungry, so I left to get some food without my phone and left it open on the Taobao website.
"I thought someone had pranked me. I had no idea what had happened, but then I checked CCTV footage which showed the baboon using my phone and tapping on the screen."
While the footage undeniably shows the baboon pick up her device, you might be a little dubious as to how it managed to unlock it, click pay and enter the correct CVV code.
However, Ms Lv said her phone doesn't have a password lock, and automatically approves small purchases under a certain price, so the checkout was processed without the need for authentication.
Looking a lot more feasible now, isn't it?
Fortunately for Ms Lv, she hadn't filled her cart with foie gras advent calendars and diamond-encrusted watches; the baboon just ordered 'a few inexpensive household goods'.
Ms Lv hasn't asked for a refund from Taobao, which seems fair enough really; after all, she of all people should know - monkey see, monkey do.
Ms Lv is far from the first person to fall foul to a phone tampering monkey.
A family from Australia realised just how cheeky they can be while posing for a photo at Ubud Monkey Forest, in Bali, Thailand, when out of nowhere one of the scamps came along and photobombed their snap, sticking a middle finger up for good measure.
While this is plainly very rude behaviour, the family will no doubt look back on the subsequent picture far more frequently than they would have done otherwise.
But if you want to avoid being made a fool of, keep your phones in your pockets and away from monkeys.
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