A History Of Toronto’s Sick And Hilarious Obsession With Rogue Animals

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Winter 2012: A stylish monkey in a shearling coat and a diaper wanders into an Ikea in Toronto.

But then Torontonians just chalked it up to it being a trendy and illegal species of monkey shopping at Ikea — any, really.

Someone in Toronto even started a Twitter campaign to elect the monkey as mayor instead.

Another reason I should be mayor? Because even the mayor wants to be me! #ElectIkeaMonkey #RobFord

Could have easily done a better job, tbh.

Winter 2013: People downtown begin spotting and documenting their encounters with a mysterious and mythic white squirrel.

(Although sights of the mythical creature date back to 690 BCE.*)

*Not historically accurate, but it’s been a long-ass time.

Toronto is instantly and oddly fascinated and dubs the creature a city “legend.” It’s not a joke.

After Ford, the White Squirrel gave hope to Toronto when there was none left.

White squirrel wrestles baby black squirrel in my front yard! This is pay per view worthy action right here. #Toronto

A Canadian radio and TV personality, Strombo (a legend in his own right), sprang back to life by a White Squirrel sighting.

Someone opened a coffee shop named “The White Squirrel.”

“White Squirrel Way” is an actual street named after the squirrels (although the naming and origins of the street are unknown).

Summer 2015: The death of a White Squirrel shook the city silent.

The city mourns.

RIP white squirrel of Trinity Bellwoods. long live white pigeon of St. Patrick’s Square. #toronto

Spring 2015: A peacock escapes the local zoo and runs around the city with its woes. People are finding it in their backyards.

If you were worried about where
I’ve been or who I saw or
What club I went to with the homies
Baby don’t worry, you know that you got me.

BuzzFeed Canada is concerned.

Officials finally catch the Toronto Peacock, but, as always, Toronto never forgets.

RT @TorontoStar “Toronto’s peacock returned home but he’ll never be the same. ” http://t.co/MhbAiGXAgq

People find and start RT’ing a city councillor’s old Halloween costume to commemorate.

“@JProskowGlobal: Halloween at city council! It’s @doucetteward13 in disguise! “. I am a peacock from High Park Zoo

And someone puts the peacock on Tinder.

@311Toronto It’s now after 3 pm and I guess Animal Services hasn’t been by, because someone’s having some fun now:

That evening, a candlelit vigil was held.

And people left their green bins open to honour the #deadraccoonTO.

And the city comes together — once again.

Fact: #DeadRaccoonTO strengthens my theory that Torontonians only unite behind rogue animals. #IkeaMonkey #TorontoPeacock #WhiteSquirrel 🐒

To our dearly beloved furry and feathered friends of Toronto: You came and went, but you live on forever in all of us. Nvr4get, Un!tedWeSt4nd.

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