Minnesota raccoon: Raccoon climbs skyscraper and becomes internet sensation – VIDEO | World | News


The little animal was trending under #MPRraccoon on Twitter after the MPR radio station opposite the high-rise for much of Tuesday. 

Social media documented the raccoon’s climb, as well as local media and crowds of onlookers. 

It seems the animal found itself on a ledge around the first floor early on Tuesday morning. 

Onlookers tried to make a ladder for it with planks of wood but just ended up scaring it higher up the building. 

The building bandit spent Tuesday going up and down the floors, often stopping to nap on the window ledges. 

Those inside the UBS financial services building could do nothing but take pictures of the stuck animal, as the windows of the building are sealed. 

The climb seemed gravity-defying to those with an up-close view, earning it the nickname ‘spider-raccoon’.

Fears were growing for the raccoon’s safety after nearly 20 hours on the building without food or water.

However, around 3am local time this morning (9am BST), it reached the roof, much to the relief of everyone watching around the world. 

The city’s department of safety inspections had set racoon traps on the roof with cat food and fresh water, well earned after a long day’s climb. 

It was confirmed that the raccoon had been released back into the wild at an undisclosed location earlier today. 

This glowing response to the presence of a raccoon is unusual in the US, where the animals are usually considered pests. 

Emergency services receive hundreds of calls each year about aggressive raccoons.

They have been known to break into apartments and prevent people from walking down the street.

In May, a man in Michigan called the police after a family of raccoons crashed through the ceiling into his living room. 

In April, the NYPD received a number of calls from scared residents who believed they’d seen an escaped tiger wandering the streets of New York. It turned out to be a large raccoon.

They are commonly nicknamed ‘trash pandas’ for their propensity to rummage through the bins. 

Experts estimate that there are around a dozen per square mile in Minnesota. 

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