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.
Winter 2013: People downtown begin spotting and documenting their encounters with a mysterious and mythic white squirrel.
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.
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.
Spring 2015: A peacock escapes the local zoo and runs around the city with its woes. People are finding it in their backyards.
BuzzFeed Canada is concerned.
Officials finally catch the Toronto Peacock, but, as always, Toronto never forgets.
People find and start RT’ing a city councillor’s old Halloween costume to commemorate.
And someone puts the peacock on Tinder.
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.
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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