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Trending: Subway raccoon delays transit but delights passengers

Last Updated Feb 5, 2016 at 12:16 pm EST

Photo of a raccoon who hopped on the subway at Spadina Station, Feb. 2, 2016. TWITTER/@Carlnandez

Looks like one raccoon wasn’t going to let groundhogs get all the attention today.

Commuters at Spadina Station were shocked to see a nocturnal passenger on the subway Tuesday morning when a raccoon hopped on and tried to head south.

TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said they’re not sure how the raccoon got into the station.

“From time to time, wildlife and other animals do make their way onto our property,” Ross said. “He did appear very harmless and very young, more curious than anything.”

Carl Fernandez documented the raccoon’s adventure on Twitter.

“I was closing my eyes on the subway heading off to work when I heard the commotion. I thought maybe it was a fight and saw people getting up,” Fernandez explained. “Then I finally saw the raccoon, just casually walking up the aisle of the subway.”

The adorable creature strolled onto the subway during the morning rush hour, only to change his mind and decide to walk.

“This was better than coffee, it woke me right up, I was sleeping and there was no sleeping afterward,” Fernandez joked. “Some people were screaming and were getting out of the way. Some people just stood there and the racoon just passed them by.”

Subway service southbound at Spadina was briefly delayed but video from the the scene showed those at the station didn’t seem to mind.

After a little stroll along the platform, Ross said the animal disappeared into the tunnel.

“He probably has a den or nest somewhere that has access to the tunnel,” he explained.

This isn’t the first time raccoons have opted for public transit to get around the GTA.

In December, a raccoon stowed away on a morning Aldershot GO Train.

Anne Marie Aikins, spokesperson for Metrolinx, said they closed off the coach to other passengers until they got to Aldershot, when the raccoon was safely removed from the train.