A raccoon dies, and the world seems a bit colder today

We love you so very much, Internet.

In Toronto, authorities were slow to pick up a dead racoon. So people started creating a memorial to it, and created a hashtag on Twitter — #deadraccoonTO — to honor it.

Jason Wager got things started when he called animal control.

Someone placed a single red rose, and as the hours of neglect mounted, so did the size of the memorial to “Conrad.”

Night fell and candles were lit.

And then Conrad was picked up by a city worker, thrown in a plastic trash bag, and removed.

But his memory shall live on.

A Toronto city councillor summed up the mood of his city.