A dead raccoon united the city of Toronto.
A bunch of playful Canadians spent Thursday erecting a touching memorial to a raccoon that passed away on the streets of Toronto.
It all started when Toronto resident Jason Wagar decided to alert the city to the Canadian roadkill.
@311Toronto There's a dead raccoon on the sidewalk outside 819 Yonge (at the SE corner of Church). — Jason Wagar (@jasonwagar) July 9, 2015
After almost six hours, the raccoon still wasn't removed.
Someone decided leaving the animal on the street wasn't a dignified way to let the raccoon leave this world, so a note was written and placed beside the body.
More Torontonians flocked to the makeshift animal wake to pay their respects, and thus, #DeadRaccoonTO was started.
sleep well my sweet prince, people loved you and remember you #deadraccoonto pic.twitter.com/G7erlbktnx — Chris Hahn (@heyhahn) July 9, 2015
While some residents were angry with the city for not clearing up the memorial...
@norm @311Toronto 8:20 pm. Come on, Animal Services. pic.twitter.com/3RPc1XdX50 — Jason Wagar (@jasonwagar) July 10, 2015
…City of Toronto Councillor Norm Kelly had a pretty fun time with the situation.
Residents are being asked to keep their green bins open tonight in honour of #DeadRaccoonTO. — Norm Kelly (@norm) July 10, 2015
Drake reacting to #DeadRaccoonTO. pic.twitter.com/t7EDv6rdFu — Norm Kelly (@norm) July 10, 2015
Even memes paying tribute to the raccoon (named Conrad) started to make their way across the Web.
#DeadRaccoonTO#JohnSnow#ForTheWatch#RIPpic.twitter.com/uT0ZHZaxtk — July 12 (@Bellaegure) July 10, 2015
A donation box was even set up next to the raccoon to pay for a proper burial.
Someone has added a donation box beside the dead raccoon. #DeadRaccoonTO pic.twitter.com/fXHzcf9LJu — Kris Pangilinan (@KrisReports) July 10, 2015
Eventually, the city realized, although it enjoyed the social media push #DeadRaccoonTO was giving it, having a rotting corpse on the street probably wasn't a good long-term idea.
So, someone stepped in and removed the memorial.
Here is The City of Toronto worker removing the raccoon. #DeadRaccoonTO pic.twitter.com/nwbgOIIEQB — Kris Pangilinan (@KrisReports) July 10, 2015
And Norm Kelly went back to the Web to have a sit-down talk with his followers.
#DeadRaccoonTO is now gone but will never be forgotten. Picture courtesy of @KrisReports. #RIP pic.twitter.com/eWwASq8C5M — Norm Kelly (@norm) July 10, 2015
Damn. Life's so short. — Norm Kelly (@norm) July 10, 2015
The raccoon was laid to rest later that night.
BREAKING: #DeadRaccoonTO being laid to rest in Ottawa pic.twitter.com/Mi9Qgo2JDQ — MadAsHell™ (@rpjohnson001) July 10, 2015