Conrad the raccoon may have died helpless and alone on a sidewalk in Toronto, Canada, but his memory will not be forgotten anytime soon – thanks to some good Samaritans who paused to honor this little fellow.
As the story goes, someone found a lifeless raccoon at a corner of a street early morning and notified the city’s contact center, asking them to pick up the dead animal.
@jasonwagar Thank you for letting us know. This was reported a short while ago and Animal Services has been notified. ^de— 311 Toronto (@311Toronto) July 9, 2015
Despite the Contact Center’s promise, no one arrived to pick up the body. However, someone else decided to leave an anonymous message.
Few more hours passed by and yet, no one from animal services showed up. The deceased raccoon – later dubbed Conrad – was still lying on the sidewalk when someone with a sense of humor started to create a shrine.
It all started with a note that read: “Rest dear raccoon. Help is one the way from the city,” followed by a rose and a photo, then a card – because people apparently have framed pictures of raccoons lying around.
The shrine continued to grow over time and eventually, the dead raccoon spawned its own hashtag #DeadRacoonTO, which soon began to go viral.
The cards and roses continued to pile up. Someone even left a cigarette in its paw.
I don't really understand how the magic that is #DeadRaccoonTO is happening, but it is fantastic that our city can come together for this.— JSON Statham (@sachasayan) July 10, 2015
Even City Councilor Norm Kelly decided to join in:
Meanwhile, some people were extremely disgusted with the whole thing.
City of Toronto workers arrived to remove Conrad just before midnight. They unceremoniously tossed him into a black garbage bag. However, the memorial remained.