It’s a tale we’ve all heard before, a curious little raccoon has gotten itself into a very questionable situation.
Only this time it happened south of the border and not in Toronto.
On Tuesday, a furry little
raccoon Spiderman became the most talked about creature on social media after scaling a 25-floor building in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The curious trash panda first caught the attention of a local radio station who spotted the raccoon climbing up the side of the UBS Tower, and quickly after, both onlookers and the internet became obsessed with the raccoon’s progress.
— Ben (@Johnson88Ben) June 12, 2018
As the raccoon continued to climb, the public’s concern for the raccoon’s safety escalated, and the public began live-tweeting the entire spectacle.
By Tuesday afternoon, a maintenance crew attempted to rescue the animal, which, unfortunately, frightened the raccoon into crawling even higher up.
He is on the ledge on our floor. He seems to be doing well. We’ve been told that the building has live traps on the roof and are trying to get him to go up there. We all just have to keep our fingers crossed.. #mprraccoon pic.twitter.com/HY1PkuFKz0
— Paige Donnelly law (@donnelly_law) June 12, 2018
Towards the end of the workday, the raccoon had managed to climb halfway up the office building, showing no sign of slowing down.
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) June 12, 2018
And we know what you’re thinking. Why didn’t someone just open a window and help the little guy out? None of the windows on the building actually open.
At around 5:30 pm, the St.Paul Fire Department arrived on the scene, but a local radio station said fire department officials judged that trying to rescue the raccoon from the ledge would be too great a risk to any firefighter who went up.
— Evan Frost (@efrostee) June 12, 2018
The raccoon’s adventurous climb began garnering serious attention, and the writer and director of the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie said he’d donate $1,000 to charity for the rescue of the raccoon.
I’ll donate a thousand bucks to the non political charity of choice to anyone who saves this raccoon. I can’t handle this. Poor dude. https://t.co/2F5reAKkKa
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 12, 2018
By nightfall, both the people of Minnesota and the internet were collectively holding their breath as the raccoon continued its climb, with many worried that the raccoon might plummet to its death.
— bengarvin (@bengarvin) June 13, 2018
— Evan Frost (@efrostee) June 13, 2018
But by early Wednesday, the little daredevil made it safely to the roof, where St. Paul Animal Control had placed cat food and a trap in hopes of enticing the animal to safety.
— UBS Plaza (@ubs_plaza) June 13, 2018
The internet couldn’t be happier about the raccoon’s triumphant climb, which could have easily ended up like the Toronto raccoon that captured the heart’s of the entire city three years ago.
— Simms (@thesessionista) June 12, 2018