Anya Schiffrin

Last month Pizza Rat won the hearts and minds of millions as it dragged a slice of pizza larger than its body down the stairs of a New York City subway station.

But now another animal seeks the pizza crown: a raccoon.

West Side Rag, a blog about New York's Upper West Side, posted photos of a raccoon noshing on a slice in Central Park's Conservancy Garden after fishing the pizza out of a trash can. Columbia University employee Anya Schiffrin spotted the raccoon and took photos on Tuesday evening.


The New York Post investigated further, and Schiffrin told them that "the slice looked like plain ol’ cheese and was 'probably Sicilian.'" She also told the Post that the animal was "very deft."

Of course, as anyone who's ever run into a city raccoon knows, this isn't uncommon behavior for a raccoon. Per PBS, "[i]n urban environments, [raccoons] often sifts through garbage for food."

Quit trying to steal Pizza Rat's thunder, raccoon. It ain't gonna happen.

Ethan Chiel is a reporter for Fusion, writing mostly about the internet and technology. You can (and should) email him at