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People In Toronto Made Memorial For Dead Raccoon After City Forgot To Pick It Up For 12 Hrs
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People In Toronto Made Memorial For Dead Raccoon After City Forgot To Pick It Up For 12 Hrs

United by mourning and healing, the people of Toronto have rallied around an anonymous hero – a dead raccoon who lay on the sidewalk for more than 12 hours before the city’s animal services finally scooped it up to take it to a better place.

After he was reported to Toronto’s city administration and animal control department on the morning of July 9th, more than 12 hours elapsed before he was eventually removed. In that time, a memorial shrine was erected around the poor raccoon, complete with photos, cards, candles, roses, and a trending hashtag – #deadraccoonto. At around 11:00 at night, the party was over – animal services finally picked him up, more than a little chagrined. But the Toronto raccoon was not forgotten, and people were still lighting candles in memoriam.

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At 9 A.M. on Thursday, a man in Toronto reported a dead raccoon on the sidewalk to the city

Message received

Around noon, however, someone placed a note next to it

6 hours later, he was found with a flower, a card and a framed photo

Someone gave the raccoon its own personal memorial hastag, #DeadRaccoonTO

Sharpies and memorial cards appeared

At around 8 P.M., he was still there, and the flowers were piling up

One city councilor offered to leave bins open as a sign of mourning and respect

The councilor even made a Drake reference

Almost 12 hours later – at 8:20 P.M. – the raccoon was still there

Passersby began a candlelight vigil

Someone even places a Jesus candle

“The proper authorities will only move this little fella when enough funds are raised”

People continued to leave him messages of love and grief

Toronto’s animal services showed up around 11:00

Goodnight, sweet prince

He’s gone, but people are still lighting candles

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DavidMann
Community Member
6 years ago

Personally, I think that they dignified the poor creatures demise; death is a fact of life but for it to have been left lying on the sidewalk for such a long time was stripping it of its dignity. The flowers and candles were a tongue-in-cheek critique of Animal Services but also respectful to the animal.

CameronDeVries
Community Member
6 years ago

Yeah whatever spirit it was done in, that was beautiful. The framed photo almost made me cry. I think we all would want to remembered that way. .

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JovanaDacic
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6 years ago

Canada man....land of Bieber and compassion to literally everything and everyone.

KristlePottsHolloway
Community Member
6 years ago

Yup, that's us minus Bieber of course. We don't want him either.

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SherryStraus
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6 years ago

I'm sorry but I would have taken the poor thing after a few hours and buried it myself but I live up north where that might be more possible then downtown Toronto? But I would have taken the time to box it up so no children had too see or birds getting at it.

Noor
Community Member
6 years ago

Never mind all these "It could be sick" people... If it is sick you prob don't wanna eat it for supper but to pick it up in a box and bury it is just fine. Nothing gonna happen to you and if you think it does you really need to educate yourself a bit better. Would have done the same thing, just pick it up and bury it. Let the bugs do the rest. Because in about a couple of days there is nothing left for any dog or other animal to dig up.. dumb city people have no clue.. sigh

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DavidMann
Community Member
6 years ago

Personally, I think that they dignified the poor creatures demise; death is a fact of life but for it to have been left lying on the sidewalk for such a long time was stripping it of its dignity. The flowers and candles were a tongue-in-cheek critique of Animal Services but also respectful to the animal.

CameronDeVries
Community Member
6 years ago

Yeah whatever spirit it was done in, that was beautiful. The framed photo almost made me cry. I think we all would want to remembered that way. .

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JovanaDacic
Community Member
6 years ago

Canada man....land of Bieber and compassion to literally everything and everyone.

KristlePottsHolloway
Community Member
6 years ago

Yup, that's us minus Bieber of course. We don't want him either.

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SherryStraus
Community Member
6 years ago

I'm sorry but I would have taken the poor thing after a few hours and buried it myself but I live up north where that might be more possible then downtown Toronto? But I would have taken the time to box it up so no children had too see or birds getting at it.

Noor
Community Member
6 years ago

Never mind all these "It could be sick" people... If it is sick you prob don't wanna eat it for supper but to pick it up in a box and bury it is just fine. Nothing gonna happen to you and if you think it does you really need to educate yourself a bit better. Would have done the same thing, just pick it up and bury it. Let the bugs do the rest. Because in about a couple of days there is nothing left for any dog or other animal to dig up.. dumb city people have no clue.. sigh

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