07/10/2015 02:36 EDT | Updated 07/09/2016 05:59 EDT

Toronto honours #DeadRaccoonTO with sidewalk vigil

The people of Toronto paused to pay a bizarre (and possibly unsafe?) tribute to a fellow denizen of the downtown on Thursday.

The homage began with a harmless tweet to the city, after Jason Wagar came across a lifeless raccoon on the sidewalk near the intersection of Yonge and Church streets shortly after 9 a.m.ET. 

The city replied promptly, saying that animal services had been contacted and the raccoon — who some on Twitter dubbed Conrad — would be whisked away shortly. But nobody came.

Naturally, a memorial began to take shape.

As Conrad lay there on the sidewalk, he caught the attention of Toronto city councillor and Twitter legend Norm Kelly took notice.

After hours on the sidewalk, the hashtag #DeadRacoonTO drew ever more mourners to the scene. 


Almost 12 full hours later, Wagar walked by the scene again and sparked a public shaming of the city's animal services. 

As darkness descended, candles marked the raccoon's unceremonious deathbed.

Coun. Kelly then urged the people of Toronto to honour Conrad in perhaps the most fitting way possible: to leave their green bins open for the night. The city's green bins are like a sort of El Dorado for foraging raccoons.

Finally, around 11 p.m. ET a worker arrived to take Conrad away to his final resting place. 

In typical Norm Kelly fashion, the councillor summed up the moral of the day with a bittersweet thought.