If you just woke up, it’s time to catch up on the most important news story of the week.
That’s right, the raccoon who was scaling a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota, MADE IT TO THE TOP.
The entire internet breathed a collective sigh of relief in the early hours of Wednesday as little trash panda reached the roof of the 24-story UBS Tower.
After all, the whole thing had gotten people pretty stressed.
But it’s not over yet. People are fearing for its safety amid reports it has gone without food and water for two days.
Whatever happens next, the little critter will go down in history.
Let’s take it back to Tuesday afternoon, when it was near the top with windows that don’t open.
The fire department paid it a visit.
A Minnesota Public Radio reporter said it had been on this journey for two days without food or water, but St. Paul Animal Control did not confirm that.
It stole the hearts of people as it made its epic journey. They took to social media — and showed up in person — to root for it to make it to the top.
And people IRL and online were very emotionally invested in the furball’s climb.
Some people couldn’t look, but they also couldn’t look away.
One person already made fan art.
The writer and director of the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie said he’d donate $1,000 to charity for the rescue of the raccoon.
It messed up some people’s workdays (same tbh).
“Mood: I am stressed about a lot of unknowns, and I am crying about a raccoon trapped on the ledge of a building in Minneapolis. WILL IT BE OK?!”
Now that it’s at the top, it should have found a trap with food set by animal control, which is hoping to capture it unharmed and take it to the ground floor.
Laurie Brickley, a spokesperson for the St. Paul Animal Control Department, said that her department decided that sending people to rescue the raccoon could have unintended consequences — the animal might get frightened if it were cornered so high up — that could lead to a fall. She thinks that during the night, when there aren’t many people around, the raccoon may continue to scale the building in peace.
“The best option is leaving it alone and hoping it will make it to the top in the evening,” she said. “It’s already shown it’s adept at climbing.”
Brickley said she’s never seen anything like this raccoon’s climb.
“And I hope I never do again.”
Would you break the window to save the raccoon?
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Hazel is a breaking news reporter and curation editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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