Reports of a kangaroo on I-580 were false. Said marsupial was actually an enormous raccoon. Raccoon was removed by CHP Motor Officer Coffman— CHP Oakland (@CHPoakland) August 2, 2017
The California Highway Patrol had something of an identity crisis yesterday in Oakland. The CHP was getting calls yesterday afternoon about a dead kangaroo on I-580 near the Oakland Zoo.
After officers arrived on scene, they discovered something must more mundane. CHP Oakland said on twitter that callers had been exaggerating a bit. According to their twitter account, what the CHP found was actually "an enormous raccoon."
The absurd situation coupled with @CHPOakland's dry responses helped the tweet quickly go viral. The Internet jumped on it, wanting a bit more clarification and photos of said dead raccoon.
Groot is en route to the morgue to make positive identification.— CHP Oakland (@CHPoakland) August 2, 2017
Seriously, this size.— CHP Oakland (@CHPoakland) August 2, 2017
The Oakland A's wanted to know if the raccoon was available to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
Is it available to throw out a ceremonial first pitch?— Oakland A's (@Athletics) August 2, 2017
And of course, there were plenty of gifs and memes to go around.
Sorta like this... pic.twitter.com/d4BiNdYMiO— 1985-Forever (@Kings85_Forever) August 3, 2017