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Raccoon Scales Minnesota Skyscraper, Captivating Anxious Viewers

14 June 2018, 03:20 | Jodi Jackson

Evan Frost Minnesota Public Radio via AP

Evan Frost  Minnesota Public Radio via AP

Internet-addicts among us may now have heard of #MPRraccoon, the creature seen climbing up the side of a 25-storey tower in St. Paul, Minnesota.

A raccoon stranded on the ledge of an office building in St. Paul, Minnesota, is captivating the world after it started scaling the skyscraper.

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. It slowly descended to the 17th floor and hung out for a while on a new window ledge before making its way back up the office tower.

An extremely fearless (or extremely stupid) raccoon scaled a Minnesota building on Tuesday, shocking onlookers and sending Twitter into an anxious frenzy. The raccoon, animal-control authorities said, will be trapped and aided upon reaching the roof.

"It's nearly like your cat or dog climbed up a skyscraper, it's kinda the same thing", one onlooker said.

It was dubbed the #MPRraccoon because Minnesota Public Radio, whose offices are in a nearby building, documented the animal's long, odd trip. "We couldn't imagine how this would end well for him".

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A raccoon stretches out on a windowsill high above downtown St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

Then around 2 a.m. Wednesday, the raccoon started climbing again, moving from window to window, until it reached the corner of the building, and then the roof at around 2:30 a.m.

A parody Twitter account for the little climber tweeted about his accomplishments and thanked his fans after he got to the top of the building.

On the street below, an onlooker thought "Wally" would make a good name for overly ambitious mammal, though Minnesota Public Radio employees - who work across the street - promptly created a hashtag "MPRracoon", which caught on.

Many expressed concern for the raccoon's safety - wondering aloud about possible rescue scenarios.




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