There are forest fires raging across Western Canada.
The The Toronto Pan Am Games are just beginning.
But Torontonians nevertheless found a little room in their hearts to mourn a raccoon found dead and alone on Yonge and Church streets on Thursday.
Social media users became aware of the raccoon after the following tweet by Jason Wagar.
@311Toronto There’s a dead raccoon on the sidewalk outside 819 Yonge (at the SE corner of Church).— Jason Wagar (@jasonwagar) July 9, 2015
The city responded ...
@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
But it took some time for them to come. So someone set up a vigil.
Someone’s having a bit of fun with this poor guy (who’s been there since at least 8:45 this AM). Yonge & Church. pic.twitter.com/4WshUGX4uM— Jason Wagar (@jasonwagar) July 9, 2015
Which grew ...
The city came. Eventually.
Bringing closure to grieving Torontonians.
Who had even given him a name — the Internet hive mind had started calling him "Conrad."
And none summed it up better than ex-deputy mayor Norm Kelly.
Damn. Life's so short.— Norm Kelly (@norm) July 10, 2015
Toronto Animal Services said the raccoon has been cremated.
It was a sad day for animal lovers. But some good can still come out of this.
R.I.P., Conrad. We hope you're scavenging in a green bin up in Heaven.
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