Small raccoon makes big climb up skyscraper in downtown St. Paul

Isaac Cain
June 14, 2018

At about 2:30 a.m. local time, a grainy live feed from St. Paul showed a shadowy little figure scurrying up and onto the top of a 25-story building, prompting an nearly audible sigh of relief from the internet. CBS Minnesota reports a live trap has been set on the roof, with cat food to lure the raccoon.

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.

On Twitter, they're calling #MPRraccoon "The hero we never knew we needed". "I don't think the raccoon realised when it started climbing what it was in for".

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The raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in St. Paul captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building. By late Tuesday morning, the critter was spotted a few stories up on a window ledge, its brownish body just a smudge on the building's concrete and mottled stone exterior.

Crowds gathered at the building after it went viral, and local media streamed its perilous climb for nearly a day.

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Journalists covered the story from the Minnesota Public Radio building directly across the street, keeping us updated throughout the day with new images, one even tweeting that his family dropped off a change of clothes so that he could continue covering the story.

Finally, to the joy of thousands around the world, the MPR raccoon cleared the building's summit at 3 AM local time, though, it's still not clear if it took the bait left at the top of the 23-storey tower.

"Raccoons don't think ahead very much, so raccoons don't have very good impulse control", she said, admitting she could barely sleep she was so anxious about the animal.

It might only be a raccoon, but people have become emotionally tied to its fate.

Hollywood director James Gunn offered to donate $1,000 to charity in the name of anyone who saved the raccoon.

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