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#DeadRaccoonTO: Canadians memorialize roadkill named Conrad

Conrad the raccoon caputred the hearts of Toronto residents on Thursday.
Conrad the raccoon caputred the hearts of Toronto residents on Thursday. Twitter

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.

#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.

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