Crashed bandit-coot! Road crew paints a white line over a ‘pretty big’ dead raccoon on the side of a Memphis street

While raccoons are normally well-known for their signature stripy tails, one unfortunate critter has gone viral for another kind of marking – a huge white line painted over its body by road crews. 

Photographed by a driver on his way to work in Memphis Wednesday, the animal, who had sadly been struck and killed by the side of the road, had not been moved in time before the city road crew drove past and painted him. 

Richie EsQuivel was the one to spot the unsettling scene, and said he had to do a double-take when he saw what appeared to be a fresh line of paint adorning the animal.

‘The animal was maybe there for a few days by the looks of it,’ EsQuivel said. ‘It’s pretty big and hard to miss.’ 

Still there early Friday, the dead coon is set to be removed later in the morning, city officials said – hopefully with a more respectful sendoff. Speaking to WREG Thursday, EsQuivel recalled how he came across the bizarre display.

Photographed by a driver on his way to work in Memphis Wednesday, the animal, an already run-over raccoon, had a line painted over him by an apparently unaware city road crew

Photographed by a driver on his way to work in Memphis Wednesday, the animal, an already run-over raccoon, had a line painted over him by an apparently unaware city road crew

Photographed by a driver on his way to work in Memphis Wednesday, the animal, an already run-over raccoon, had a line painted over him by an apparently unaware city road crew

Memphis motorist Ruchie EsQuival made the discovery early Wednesday on a stretch of this street near Knight Arnold Road. City officials have since promised to remove the raccoon sometime Friday morning

Memphis motorist Ruchie EsQuival made the discovery early Wednesday on a stretch of this street near Knight Arnold Road. City officials have since promised to remove the raccoon sometime Friday morning

Memphis motorist Ruchie EsQuival made the discovery early Wednesday on a stretch of this street near Knight Arnold Road. City officials have since promised to remove the raccoon sometime Friday morning 

‘I hadn’t taken Getwell in a few weeks,’ recalled EsQuival of the discovery, which came early Wednesday on a stretch of the street near adjacent Knight Arnold Road. 

‘I guess my first thought was it’s kind of wild,’ he added to the outlet. ‘Not something you see every day.’

Apparently more observant than the city’s road crews, EsQuival said he caught a glimpse the ‘pretty big’ animal from behind the wheel, and exited his vehicle to investigate.

He was quickly met with the animal’s distorted corpse, and posted a snap as proof  to social media. 

Speaking to WREG – who later published the photo of EsQuival’s find – the Memphis man marveled at how the raccoon was not spotted sooner, citing its size and conspicuous placement at the side of the road.

A spokesperson for the city has since confirmed that crews will remove the deceased animal sometime Friday morning.

Until then, the unceremonious road feature remains.

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