Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, internet goes wild

Raccoon Scaling St. Paul Skyscraper Sets Off Social Media Firestorm Raccoon Scaling St. Paul Skyscraper Sets Off Social Media Firestorm
Kenny Thornton | 13 June, 2018, 14:34

A raccoon made its way to the very top of a Minnesota office building early Wednesday as a captivated audience watched in the streets and on social media.

The video above, shown by raccoon watcher @manchelster was one of many to hit the internet.

It brought an end to a day of drama as people around the world anxious that the basketball-sized raccoon would lose its grip as it climbed or slip off a window ledge hundreds of feet above the light rail tracks running down Cedar Street in St. Paul.

At midnight local time (6am BST) it was reported by radio news reporter Tim Nelson that the raccoon was moving around the building and had moved down to the 17th floor. A day later, building maintenance personnel tried to rescue the animal by rigging up a 20-foot-length of lumber by screwing two-by-fours together.

It's safe to assume at this point, the raccoon wants nothing more than to get safely home-and we're rooting for him all the way there. "We didn't see it and thought, it went away - that's great!"

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As the United States slept, a small raccoon who first captured the attention of Minnesota, and then the world, did something remarkable.

For hours on Tuesday, Twitter users followed the exploits of the daredevil free-climbing raccoon.

The UBS Plaza building is 25 stories tall. Paige Donnelly Law, on the same floor of the tower, said in a tweet that they've been told there are live traps on the roof and they are hoping the raccoon will make it the rest of the way up. "We all just have to keep our fingers crossed".

St. Paul Animal Control believes it may have been there all night before starting its climb.

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