On Thursday, Toronto residents mourned the death of Conrad, a dead raccoon who lay dead at a busy city corner for more than 12 hours before workers came and took him away.
The saga of the dead raccoon unfolded hourly on Twitter at the hashtag #DeadRaccoonTO.
The Toronto Star reported that the first mention of the animal, spotted dead at the corner of Yonge and Church streets, appeared on Twitter around 9 a.m. Thursday.
Animal control officials were notified. But by mid-afternoon the hapless raccoon, nicknamed Conrad on social media, was still there. So someone put a red rose in one of its paws and soon, a makeshift memorial sprang up around him, including a piece of paper for people to write condolences.
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#DeadRaccoonTO quickly became Toronto’s trending hashtag on Twitter.
A city worker was spotted picking up his body after 11 p.m.
But Conrad the raccoon lives on in a slew of memes.
RIP, little buddy.