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Viral Toronto raccoon video not so heartbreaking?

The latest viral Toronto raccoon video, which has appeared on both local and international news sites, is certainly upsetting, considering it shows a dead or dying animal.

According to CBC News, on Saturday night, two raccoons crossed Oakwoods Avenue; only one made it to the other side. Alec Khachatrian told CBC he hopped off his bike and started filming when he noticed the safe raccoon run over to its lifeless mate.

Many say Khachatrian's "heartbreaking" YouTube video depicts a grieving animal as it attempts to revive its friend. Others, however, see it in a darker, more cannibalistic light.

One Redditor who witnessed the entire incident says that the two animals were fighting. "From my vantage point, it was not an 'embrace' but teeth on the jugular," he writes on the online platform. Khachatrian has since updated his video's description to point out the ambiguity of the situation.

Regardless of your opinion, the short YouTube clip is rather disturbing, as is the number of raccoon videos coming out of Toronto.


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