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The citizens of Toronto came together yesterday in a heartwarming show of solidarity over a dead raccoon.

The saga of Conrad the dead raccoon (as he was eventually dubbed by Twitter) began with a guy who works in downtown Toronto sending this tweet to animal control services just after 9 a.m. local time yesterday.

Authorities responded immediately, assuring Wagar that someone would be on their way soon.

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But several hours later, with Conrad still left on the pavement, passers-by began to leave tokens of sympathy.

The memorial continued to grow throughout the afternoon.

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"After hours in the summer sun, the hashtag #DeadRacoonTO drew ever more mourners to the scene, despite the fact dead raccoons can possibly carry diseases such as rabies," CBC news reported.

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But fearless Torontonians continued to pay tribute to Conrad, adding candles and a donation box by the time the sun went down.

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At some point, a City Council member got involved.

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Minneapolis offered help:

And finally, well after nightfall, a city animal control worker arrived to take Conrad to his final resting place (probably in a compost heap or trash pile somewhere).

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Perhaps Toronto City Council member Norm Kelly said it best: