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Well, so much for Toronto being a “cold” city.

Thursday morning at around 9 a.m., Jason Wagar noticed a dead raccoon on the sidewalk and tweeted the city to get animal services to come pick it up.

The city quickly responded, saying that the department had been notified. The raccoon would soon be removed. Problem solved!

Or at least, that’s what Wagar thought.

Hours later, around noon, the animal was still lying by the side of the road. Except now, someone had placed a small note beside it.

Raccoon update: he’s still here. Someone has written him a card.

A photo posted by Emily Taylor (@emilyjs5) on

“Rest dear raccoon. Help is on the way from the city,” the note reads.

But six hours after the poor animal had been reported to animal services, it was becoming clear that help was not on the way. A small memorial then began forming around its body.

We have to admit, the framed raccoon photo was a nice touch.

Eventually, as the clock continued to tick, city councillor Norm Kelly got involved, encouraging the department to take action:

Surely, this would be the end of this raccoon’s morbid tale, right?

Wrong.

#DeadRaccoonTO was only beginning, as someone took the liberty of creating a hashtag for the memorial. A mysterious marker and a condolence card suddenly appeared, so people could write their final goodbye messages.

Twelve hours after his original post to the city’s contact centre, Wagar passed by the animal again:

Probably in disbelief at this point, Kelly pestered city officials once again:

With nothing getting done, Kelly looked for ways to preserve the animal’s memory and legacy:

Drake, meanwhile, didn’t take the news of the raccoon’s death lightly:

Finally, about 14 hours after originally being reported, city officials arrived! Of course, by then, the animal was being given a candlelight vigil.

As the body was scooped up and disposed of, Kelly was on hand to say some final words:

Rest in peace, dear raccoon. We hope there’s lots of open trash cans waiting for you in the afterlife *tear*