Minnesota raccoon gives Toronto's trash pandas a run for their money

Jun 13 2018, 9:58 pm

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.

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.

Towards the end of the workday, the raccoon had managed to climb halfway up the office building, showing no sign of slowing down.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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