Side­walk trib­ute to dead rac­coon in Toronto makes in­ter­na­tional head­lines

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

A dead rac­coon that was left for hours on a side­walk in the heart of down­town Toronto prompted a makeshift me­mo­rial and a flurry of tweets, an out­pour­ing that caught the at­ten­tion of media be­yond Canada’s borders.

Here are some head­lines from the web­sites of news out­lets in Bri­tain and the United States on the story of the rac­coon, named Con­rad by some Twit­ter users, whose im­promptu me­mo­rial in­cluded a framed pic­ture of a rac­coon, a sym­pa­thy card, a rose tucked un­der one of its paws and even a lit re­li­gious can­dle:

A Rac­coon Dies, and the World Seems a Bit Colder To­day — Min­nesota Public Ra­dio News (blog).

Con­rad the Dead Rac­coon gets Can­dlelit Street Vigil in Toronto/We will For­ever Re­mem­ber the Day the Good Cit­i­zens of Toronto Paid Trib­ute to a Dead Rac­coon — Bri­tain’s The Tele­graph.

Dead Rac­coon in Toronto Col­lected, Leg­end will Live On — My Fox At­lanta.

Dead Rac­coon in Street gets Bizarre Can­dlelit Vigil to Shame Coun­cil Clean-up Team — Bri­tain’s The Mir­ror.

Dead Rac­coon gets a Sar­cas­tic Can­dlelit Vigil Com­plete with Flow­ers, Cards and a CIG­A­RETTE af­ter Coun­cil Work­ers Ig­nored It for 12 Hours — Bri­tain’s Daily Mail.

How a Dead Rac­coon got a Side­walk Me­mo­rial and a Hash­tag — The Washington Post.

Dead Toronto Rac­coon Draws Side­walk Me­mo­rial, In­ter­net Fame — New York Daily News.


A dead rac­coon sits on a side­walk in Toronto on Thurs­day, July 9, 2015, in this hand­out photo.

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