Raccoon Casually Hops On The Subway Like A Total BOSS
It took some serious guts for one little raccoon to board that train full of humans ... the kind of guts and gall subway rats everywhere would probably envy.
"He was walking under the seats nonchalantly, like it's another day on TTC [Toronto Transit Commission]," Tatyana Marayeva, who was on the train on Tuesday's morning commute, told The Dodo.
One woman stood up on her seat when the raccoon passed.
But most of the passengers held themselves together fairly well, according to Marayeva. "I must admit, that people's reaction was very Canadian," she said. "Nobody was freaking out or screaming."
The raccoon then proceeded down the cart and shared a moment of eye contact with a woman before pawing through the open bag at her feet.
When the train arrived at the Spadina station in Toronto, the doors opened up and a conductor couldn't help but laugh as he made the announcement. "Ladies and gentlemen!" Marayeva recounted. "This train is out of service due to ... uhm ... a raccoon!"
At that point, everyone politely exited the train and waited for the raccoon to follow. Eventually, he made his way to the platform.
One Twitter user captured the explorer as he sniffed his way through the crowd.
Fortunately, the delay was brief, and the raccoon ended up continuing his adventure through the tunnels of the human world.
At that point, people chuckled and joked among themselves, according to Marayeva. The raccoon may have startled a few people, but all in all, his visit was a pleasant disruption for the commuters' Tuesday morning.
If you were surprised by the welcome the raccoon received from the commuters who shared a ride with him, you may have underestimated Torontonians' love for wildlife. Last summer, the city rallied online to mourn a nameless raccoon who happened to die on a city sidewalk.
These happy Canadians demonstrate the proper way to react to a wild animal in the human world: calmly and well aware that we all share this planet together.