Toronto creates memorial for dead raccoon left on pavement
It was a bizarre tribute which brought the people of Toronto together in a memorial for a dead raccoon on a street in Canada.
On Thursday morning just after 9am the dead raccoon was first spotted in Toronto and the animal services were notified.
However six hours later when no-one had come to pick him up - a memorial began with a framed photo of a raccoon appearing and a condolence card.
When the raccoon, who has been named Conrad, still wasn't picked up by the city's animal services - a red rose was put on his body.
As people came to visit the raccoon a hashtag was created on Twitter of #DeadRaccoonTO and soon began trending.
Close to 8pm the raccoon was still there and the memorial grew with people adding candles and flowers.
A pen and a piece of paper was left for people to write messages and it was soon full of well-wishes.
A temporary donation box was even set up in a bid to raise cash to get the animal removed.
And as the night fell the raccoon was given a candlelight vigil.
Then just after 11pm as a small crowd gathered - a city van pulled up and took the raccoon away.
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