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US News How an anxious, lost raccoon conquered a Minnesota skyscraper — and our hearts

12:55  14 june  2018
12:55  14 june  2018 Source:   vox.com

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MPR Raccoon Release! All we can say is WOW and thank you to everyone for all of the kind words and support surrounding our business. We did consult with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) prior to release and we had determined that the raccoon was safe to release.

A raccoon ’s journey up the side of a St. Paul, Minnesota , skyscraper Tuesday caught the interest of nervous onlookers and may others on social media. We all just have to keep our fingers crossed.. #mprraccoon pic.twitter.com/HY1PkuFKz0.

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Every once in a while, a story comes around that reminds us of the sheer power of grit and determination. This time, it is a raccoon who climbed a UBS Plaza building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The saga of MPR Raccoon — or #mprraccoon as it became famously known on Twitter — began when people spotted a lonely raccoon stuck on the ledge of a building in downtown St. Paul, including employees of Minnesota Public Radio, who carefully documented his plight.

Tim Nelson, a reporter at MPR, said the building’s maintenance workers had tried to rescue the raccoon by building a makeshift ladder to try to lure the raccoon back down to the ground.

It did not work. Instead, the raccoon fled to a neighboring building — the 25-story UBS Plaza — and, in a high-stakes gambit, began scaling the side of the concrete tower with his little raccoon paws.

The raccoon made it about 20 stories, according to the New York Times, though it took a break along the way to stretch out and take in the views of downtown St. Paul.

The raccoon reportedly settled on the 23rd floor sometime late Tuesday afternoon for a nap. Animal control officials put food and a trap on the roof in hopes of enticing the raccoon a few stories up, according to MPR.

But otherwise, the raccoon just relaxed, impervious (or maybe all too aware?) of the humans worried about the fate of a woodland creature best known for breaking into trash cans and having rabies. The hashtag #mprraccoon began trending on Twitter and parody accounts popped up. A local CBS affiliate set up a live-stream, according to the Washington Post.

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  Stranded raccoon becomes social media star Many feared for the raccoon’s safety.Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter’s progress at it climbed the UBS Tower on Tuesday, interrupting work and causing anxiety for some.

– A raccoon ’s journey up the side of a St. Paul, Minnesota skyscraper Tuesday caught the interest of onlookers and may others on social media. Dubbed #mprraccoon by Minnesota Public Radio, the animal was first spotted Tuesday morning just a few stories off the ground – then it started to climb.

– A raccoon ’s journey up the side of a St. Paul, Minnesota skyscraper Tuesday caught the interest of onlookers and may others on social media. Dubbed #mprraccoon by Minnesota Public Radio, the animal was first spotted Tuesday morning just a few stories off the ground – then it started to climb.

The raccoon finally stirred in the evening around 10 pm, and he began ping-ponging between stories, climbing up, then down, then back up.

Until the raccoon turned and climbed upward, reaching the top of the building in the early morning hours before dawn.

The raccoon scaled a 25-foot building and got everyone to stop talking about North Korea, only to find itself in a cage eating cat food — but safe.

The confinement was temporary, however: The raccoon was released in a suburb of the Twin Cities, according to Wildlife Management Service, which posted the video of the raccoon’s scamper to freedom.

MPR Raccoon Release!

All we can say is WOW and thank you to everyone for all of the kind words and support surrounding our business. We are so proud to be a part of this journey and wanted to share safe the release of the #MPRraccoon ! She was released on private residential property in the southwest suburbs of the Twin Cities with permission from the homeowner. We did consult with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) prior to release and we had determined that the raccoon was safe to release. Again, thank you to everyone for your support!

Raccoon safely trapped after 25-storey tower climb

  Raccoon safely trapped after 25-storey tower climb The creature caused a social media sensation when it scaled the UBS Tower in Minnesota.A raccoon that became an internet sensation by climbing a 25-storey office tower in Minnesota has been safely trapped and will be released.

– A raccoon ’s journey up the side of a St. Paul, Minnesota skyscraper Tuesday caught the interest of onlookers and many others on social media. Dubbed #mprraccoon by Minnesota Public Radio, the animal was first spotted Tuesday morning just a few stories off the ground – then it started to climb.

Raccoon Climbing Minnesota skyscraper . Don't miss stories. A raccoon reached the top of a 25-story St. Paul, Minnesota , skyscraper early on Wednesday after becoming a star on the web, where it captured the hearts of followers across the United States and around the globe.

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The raccoon, it turns out, was a 2-year-old female, whom officials described to the New York Times as “a little skinny but in good shape,” though apparently a little tired from the climb.

Experts said raccoons climb when they’re stressed. “Raccoons don’t think ahead very much, so raccoons don’t have very good impulse control,” Suzanne MacDonald, a raccoon behavior expert at York University in Toronto, told the Associated Press. “I don’t think the raccoon realized when it started climbing what it was in for.”

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