Raccoon Safe After Captivating Internet with Minnesota Skyscraper Climb


Were you anxious about the raccoon who spent the better part of Tuesday, and some of Wednesday, climbing to the top of a skyscraper in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota? They couldn't help, but they could share photos online.

And now we can all stop pretending that we like raccoons.

One lucky racoon in the USA has not only made it (to the top of a building, that is), but has also gained world-wide attention for its dare-devil antics.

St. Paul Animal Control believes it may have been there all night before starting its climb. When building workers tried to tempt the raccoon down with a long pole, it instead escaped to the UBS Plaza where it began its 23-story hike.

The MPRRaccoon also became the source of anxiety for Twitter users Tuesday, as people feared for his safety and wondered how in heck he would ever get down.

"It was heartbreaking to see yesterday", Tim Nelson told the BBC on Wednesday.

Look, I'm happy, I guess, that this little trash panda made it to the top alive.

News organisations even started live streaming the event.

As far as we know, the little guy is still up there.

The raccoon had other ideas. On Tuesday, employees occasionally stepped outside to further document the animal's ascent to greatness on Twitter.

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.

The world can breathe a heavy sigh of relief.