Raccoon scales skyscraper in Minnesota

14 Juin, 2018, 06:12 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A raccoon sat on the ledge of an office window in the UBS Tower in downtown St. Paul Minn

Raccoons are common in the United States, but are usually found in alleys or riffling through rubbish bins - leading to the common animal nickname "trash panda".

How did a building-scaling raccoon captivate a nation, leaving millions glued to their Twitter feeds for the better part of a day and well into the evening?

A raccoon is finding itself in deeper and deeper - er, higher and higher - trouble as it climbs downtown St. Paul's UBS Tower.

Mayor Melvin Carter said city officials were working on a plan to rescue the raccoon as it ascended the skyscraper.

By Tuesday evening, the critter had scampered up to the 23rd floor for a long nap. 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.

A raccoon stretches itself on the window sill of the Paige Donnelly Law Firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Tower in St. Paul Minn. Tuesday
AP A raccoon rested on the window sill of a law firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Tower in St. Paul Minn

Due to the building's sealed windows, rescue efforts have been futile - animal-control authorities are hoping it will reach the roof where it will be trapped. By Wednesday morning it had made it to the roof of the building, easing fears that it would plummet to its death.

Crowds gathered at the building after it went viral, and local media streamed its perilous climb for nearly a day.

The creature reached the roof of the building at 3 a.m. Cat food and a trap awaited him, according to BBC.

Concerned that the raccoon had become trapped, Twitter users called for a host of inventive solutions, including sending up a hot air balloon to take the raccoon to safety.

The #mprraccoon first captured the hearts of millions on the internet when it started climbing the skyscraper Tuesday afternoon, eventually settling on a ledge more than 20 stories up where it spent several hours napping. Wildlife Management Services provides animal control services for St. Paul.

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