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Raccoon boards Toronto subway, causes delay as crews try to capture it

The TTC logo, photographed Jan. 25 2011.

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One of Toronto's infamous raccoons startled some commuters when it boarded a subway train in the city on Friday, radio station 680 News reported.

The Toronto Transit Commission says the furry critter made its way onto a southbound train at Bloor Station during morning rush hour, causing a brief delay.

TTC special constables used a special stick with a lasso to catch the animal and held it in a trash bin until Animal Services arrived.

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TTC spokesman Brad Ross said it was a humane capture and jokingly asked the raccoon not to make riding the subway a habit.

Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted that the city always knew rolling out new raccoon-resistant green bins would have consequences.

The Toronto Transit Commission is investing in signalling upgrades that will hopefully see them able to run subway trains closer together.
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