A Heroic Raccoon Has Successfully Scaled A Minnesota Skyscraper Under The World's Watchful Eye

Stock SectorJune 13, 201826min7

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My heart literally stopped when he started climbing 😰

Now I can die in peace, my life is complete! 😊

#mprraccoon – The world will NEVER forget you https://t.co/1YjdftyN5h

07:46 AM – 13 Jun 2018

That’s right, the raccoon who was scaling a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota, MADE IT TO THE TOP.

Here it is, #MPRRaccoon’s valiant climb to the top of the UBS Center in Downtown St. Paul, this morning. @KARE11 @MPRnews https://t.co/ot1DPNeRF5

08:28 AM – 13 Jun 2018

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.

My eyes are throbbing and I have a high fever, but now knowing the raccoon is safe I can go rest.

07:44 AM – 13 Jun 2018

But it’s not over yet. People are fearing for its safety amid reports it has gone without food and water for two days.


07:44 AM – 13 Jun 2018

Whatever happens next, the little critter will go down in history.

They say he once climbed to the top of a UBS building. The most interesting Raccoon in the world. #mprracoon

07:53 AM – 13 Jun 2018

The St. Paul raccoon has Summited the UBS building. Put some respekt on his name. Mr. Paul Wall Raccoon. #mprraccoon

07:47 AM – 13 Jun 2018

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.

Can confirm #MPRraccoon is still itchy. Got a little visit from @StPaulFireDept too! Cat food awaits it on the roof.

09:29 PM – 12 Jun 2018

Minnesota Public Radio reported that fire department officials judged that trying to rescue the raccoon from the ledge would be too great a risk to firefighters to justify. The Fire Department did not respond to request for further comment.

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.

This poor raccoon apparently got itself stranded on a ledge of the Town Square office building in downtown St. Paul, likely on an errant mission to raid pigeon nests on the skyway over 7th Street. It's been there for two days now, without food or water. @mprnews https://t.co/fVI5pmdCWq

03:04 PM – 12 Jun 2018

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.

A very, very small crowd is watching the #mprraccoon drama unfold on 7th Street in downtown St. Paul.

05:19 PM – 12 Jun 2018

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.

I'll donate a thousand bucks to the non political charity of choice to anyone who saves this raccoon. I can't handle this. Poor dude. https://t.co/2F5reAKkKa

09:08 PM – 12 Jun 2018

It messed up some people’s workdays (same tbh).

"I'm sorry I can't right now, I'm preoccupied with #mprraccoon." – Everyone in Minnesota today.

07:18 PM – 12 Jun 2018

when you hear that one of your friends is stranded on a ledge on the 20th floor of a building #mprraccoon

05:54 PM – 12 Jun 2018

“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?!”

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.



05:54 PM – 12 Jun 2018

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.

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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.”



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