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Dead Toronto raccoon gets a memorial and hashtag

It was the day of the dead raccoon in Toronto as roadkill quickly turned into a roadside shrine and then a trending hashtag. It all started early this morning when a dead raccoon was left for naught near the corner of Yonge and Davenport.

With no sign of animal services a samaritan with a sense of humour started to create a shrine. First a note, then a rose and a photo, then a card - it grew over time. Eventually someone started the hashtag #DeadRacoonTO.

Former Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly got involved - he tweeted at Animal Services asking for someone to take the raccoon away. Hours went by and the raccoon was still there. Then the hashtag started to trend.

Catch up on all the #DeadRaccoonTO action in our Storify below.

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