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Daredevil raccoon scales Minnesota skyscraper, is a viral hit

Minnesota Public Radio reporters and occupants of the building posted pictures and updates on the animal as it scaled the rough surface of the skyscraper story-by-story.

world Updated: Jun 14, 2018 14:36 IST
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A raccoon scratches herself on the window sill of the Paige Donnelly Law Firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Plaza building in St. Paul, Minnesota, US, June 12, 2018, in this image obtained from social media. (Evan Frost/MPR News/via REUTERS)

America breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday after a scruffy brown raccoon was captured safe and sound following a perilous climb up a skyscraper in the northern state of Minnesota.

Thousands of Twitter users followed the escapades of the raccoon on Tuesday as it slowly inched up the side of the UBS Plaza building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Minnesota Public Radio reporters and occupants of the building posted pictures and updates on the animal -- dubbed the #MPRraccoon -- as it scaled the rough surface of the skyscraper story-by-story in true Spider-Man style.

A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Plaza building in St. Paul, Minnesota, US, June 12, 2018, in this image obtained from social media. (Evan Frost/MPR News/via REUTERS)

A local television station provided a livestream of the anxiety-producing journey of the animal, which apparently had been scared by construction workers at the building’s base.

Hollywood director James Gunn offered to donate $1,000 to charity in the name of anyone who saved the raccoon.

“I can’t handle this,” Gunn, the director of the two “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, tweeted. “Poor dude.”

(The “Guardians” movies, incidentally, feature a brash, devil-may-care character known as Rocket Raccoon.)

Trapped at the top

The Minnesota raccoon paused at several points on narrow window ledges during its climb, even taking naps before continuing onward.

Well after midnight -- when most Americans had gone to sleep -- the raccoon reached the roof and was captured in a trap set up by wildlife control officials.

A raccoon stretches out on a window sill high above downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S., June 12, 2018, in this image obtained from social media. Picture taken June 12, 2018. (Evan Frost/MPR News/via REUTERS )

Building managers tweeted a picture of the raccoon in a cage Wednesday morning.

“After a delicious meal of soft cat food, #mprraccoon has been caught and will be picked up by Wildlife Management. Goodbye friend!” it said.

Wildlife Management Services later posted a video of the raccoon -- after some prompting -- leaving a cage and scampering off into the trees in the St. Paul suburbs.

First Published: Jun 14, 2018 14:04 IST