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Shoppers Drug Mart appearance wraps up eventful year for Toronto raccoons

A captured raccoon peers through the bars of a trap in Grand Isle, Vt., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007.
A captured raccoon peers through the bars of a trap in Grand Isle, Vt., Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Toby Talbot

A raccoon appearance at a Shoppers Drug Mart has capped off another year of the animal’s unusual antics in Toronto.

Photos posted to social media show a well-fed raccoon perched on a wall by the self-checkouts on Saturday.

It’s unclear how the masked shopper got in the store, said to be located near Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard in the east end.

Shoppers Drug Mart’s corporate office did not respond to 640 Toronto’s requests for comment, but the store’s manager told the Toronto Star that the raccoon spent about half an hour at the store before it was removed.

As in previous years, the mischievous, masked mammals made headlines throughout 2017 — often for showing up at unexpected locations throughout the city.

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Just over a week before the appearance at Shoppers, a gutsy raccoon made its way onto a subway platform and casually tried to board a TTC train at Bloor station.

“[The raccoon] just very calmly walked on to the train,” TTC spokesman Brad Ross said at the time.

Rush-hour train service was briefly delayed.

WATCH: TTC spokesperson Brad Ross explains what happened at Bloor subway station Friday morning.

Click to play video: 'TTC staff capture raccoon at Bloor subway station' TTC staff capture raccoon at Bloor subway station
TTC staff capture raccoon at Bloor subway station – Dec 8, 2017

READ MORE: Raccoon boards TTC subway train, briefly halts morning rush-hour service

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In the west end, a family of raccoons was responsible for shutting down an RBC bank branch for several weeks after making a home in the ceiling.

A spokesman explained that the branch had been closed in late August to tackle the repairs required.

READ MORE: Toronto RBC branch closes after raccoon family moves in

And in May, passengers waiting for their luggage at Pearson International Airport got some free post-flight entertainment courtesy of a curious raccoon.

Videos posted to social media showed the critter poking its head out of the ceiling tiles.

Click to play video: 'Raccoon surprises travelers arriving at Pearson International Airport' Raccoon surprises travelers arriving at Pearson International Airport
Raccoon surprises travelers arriving at Pearson International Airport – May 6, 2017

With files from The Canadian Press and Global News

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