This Raccoon Who Stole A Doughnut In Toronto Is Your Inspiration For 2016

“People outside were cheering when he finally got the doughnut.”

1. With 2016 approaching, we all need a little motivation to pursue our dreams. And here’s your inspiration: a raccoon who, earlier this week in the Toronto area, descended from a ceiling tile to steal a doughnut.

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Peter Jensen just walked in to his usual coffee spot (he wouldn’t reveal where, to protect the owners) when he saw another regular laughing at the ceiling above the doughnut case. Which was weird.

One of the ceiling tiles was askew and moving around, but he assumed the storm outside was the culprit.

Then he saw a little hand.

“I kind of freaked out a little bit,” Jensen told BuzzFeed Canada.

3. Turns out it was a little trash panda, looking for a snack. And everyone in the joint was watching it unfold.

Peter Jensen

For the next 20 minutes, Jensen, along with other customers and a terrified waitress, was on the edge of his seat as the raccoon shyly poked around. Meanwhile, the shop’s owner was armed with a broom in one hand and a phone in the other, trying to convince animal control that he couldn’t wait until the next day.

4. Finally, when some customers moved outside to smoke, the raccoon dropped in and made its move.

Peter Jensen

5. “It looked around for a little bit and then it grabbed something. Like, it was choosy.”

Peter Jensen

Peter Jensen


6. It managed to make off with an orange doughnut before slinking back into the ceiling.

Peter Jensen

7. “People outside were cheering when he finally got the doughnut,” said Jensen, who captured the glorious moment in a video.

Jensen heard from a waitress that despite their best efforts, animal control was unable to apprehend the raccoon.

“He made it out, he’s on the lam.”

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Lauren Strapagiel is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.
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