A dead raccoon found on the sidewalk in Toronto was given a memorial after city services took too long to remove it.
On Thursday, July 9 2015, concerned citizens in downtown Toronto alerted the city’s contact centre that a hapless raccoon had met its end on Yonge Street.
Knowing the deceased raccoon was in need of a proper burial, the kind people of the city waited as long as they could before allocating the masked creature a decent memorial.
Even though animal services responded promptly to calls for the furry bandit’s removal, by noon Rocky raccoon was still where he was found.
One kind Torontonian left a note declaring “Rest dear raccoon, help is on the way.”
Six hours into the ordeal, people were taking the responsibility into their own hands by creating a living memorial to the fallen critter.
After several more hours, and even the intervention of City Councillor Norm Kelly, the people united and gave the dead raccoon an appropriate candlelight vigil by which the hashtag #DeadRaccoonTO was born.
By 8 p.m. a condolences card and Sharpie pen had entered the scene so concerned folks could write a goodbye note.
At 11 p.m. after 14 hours spent on the street, the downed raccoon was placed in a garbage bag and silently taken away, but not before bringing the metropolis of Toronto together for one brief day for an odd celebration of roadkill.
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