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Toronto Residents Create Shrine To Dead Raccoon Left On City Sidewalk For 12 Hours

When Jason Wagar saw this poor, unfortunate dead raccoon on the sidewalk near a bus stop in Toronto, he notified the city via its 311 Toronto Service Twitter account. It was 9 AM and he was expecting a quick response.


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As anticipated, staff responded within a few minutes. At this point, no one could have guessed what would unfold.


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By this time, someone had written a brief message to the raccoon on a Post-It note.


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Nearly six hours later, Jason checked again, only to find that not only was the raccoon still there, but that someone had started a makeshift shrine to it. He reminded 311 Toronto about the situation.


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Shortly after, Toronto city councilor Norm Kelly also tweeted 311 Toronto about the animal. Passers-by began leaving more notes, and someone coined the hashtag #deadraccoonto. Things were officially getting weird.


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Toronto teacher Shauna Pollock posted her own picture of the critter, and was seemingly perplexed by the whole affair.


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As the afternoon wore on, the shrine continued grow.


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Councilman Kelly put a bit of his dark humor on display with a photo-shopped shot.


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As early evening fell, Shauna Pollock couldn’t understand why the raccoon was still there.


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After dark, Councilman Kelly posted that the shrine had turned into a candlelight vigil.


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The staff at 311 Toronto were NOT amused as someone lit a religious candle at the site.


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A prankster placed a joint in the raccoon’s paw.

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Finally, at around 11 PM, city staff arrived to dispose of the body.


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By this point, someone had started a Twitter account pretending to be the raccoon, who thanked the city staffers for picking him up.


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Even after the raccoon was taken away, residents continued lighting candles.


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More more images of the raccoon’s shrine, visit the Twitter hashtag #DeadRacoonTO.