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Toronto creates memorial for dead raccoon left on pavement

Published 10/07/2015

The memorial to the Raccoon Picture: Jason Wagar @jasonwagar
The memorial to the Raccoon Picture: Jason Wagar @jasonwagar

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.

The sidewalk memorial is growing, @311Toronto. H/T @jasonwagar. #DeadRaccoonTO pic.twitter.com/3vTUf9xB7b

— Norm Kelly (@norm) July 10, 2015

. @steviepeters Candles! A vigil! #DeadRaccoonTO pic.twitter.com/eEr54v34wr

— Gavin Graham (@gavingraham) July 10, 2015

Here is The City of Toronto worker removing the raccoon. #DeadRaccoonTO pic.twitter.com/nwbgOIIEQB

— Kris Pangilinan(@KrisReports) July 10, 2015

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