While a characteristic encounter with a raccoon in Toronto is generally an adorable and harmless experience, there have been a number of raccoon getaways in recent memory that have been far more stressful for the unofficial mascots of the city. city and the people who love them.
TO’s Trash Pandas love getting into trouble, and when they’re not breaking into Tim Hortons restaurants or people’s homes, they’re getting trapped on condo decks, rooftops, balconies and more. .
On Friday, another of the town’s furry friends was discovered stuck in a very difficult situation, far too high to get out of.
A concerned resident took to Twitter shortly before noon today to alert the city to a young raccoon stuck atop a street lamp near Richmond and Jarvis several stories high in the air.
From the photo posted, the poor guy seems unable to move from the tiny spot on the very high precipice.
someone help this poor baby 😓 i’m watching him and he doesn’t seem to be well 💔 https://t.co/9rms7I4t23
— Hales 🌹 (@nanahales) July 15, 2022
Naturally, people were quick to try to help the little guy, continuing to tag the proper authorities for help, including 311, the Toronto Fire Department and rescues like the Toronto Wildlife Centre, this last of who said they unfortunately cannot respond to situations via social media and have requested that someone call them instead.
The city, meanwhile, said it could do nothing for 24 hours, with the poster saying it was concerned the animal would not have that long.
Throughout the afternoon, people worried about the fate of the creature and tried to find someone to help them.
“CANADA IS WATCHING! Please help this little guy,” a person wrote.
Still others said they were in tears on the situation.
Even Canadian music icon Jann Arden joined in the conversation, saying she would offer a very unique reward to whoever was able to free the baby.
“DEAR PEOPLE [of] TORONTO!!! Help this little raccoon!!! Go on!! Who wants to do this??? I’ll buy you lunch!!!” she pleaded to its 366,000 subscribers.
DEFINITELY, a compassionate person with a carrycot would love Jann Arden’s lunch! Are there any animal-loving arborists with a giant ladder? https://t.co/sbK08rXnQm
— Caitlin Green (@caitiegreen) July 15, 2022
It appears that at the time of publication, while people are still monitoring the creature’s predicament, the raccoon is still stuck at the top of the pole on a hot, sunny day that feels like 28°C, and has been for a few hours now.
Hopefully calling out Arden and the rest of the panicked public can help them get down, though Toronto Animal Services assured people who “raccoons often climb up lamp posts but can safely climb down; usually once people are away.”
“We will continue to monitor over the next 24 hours and assess if assistance is needed,” they added.