Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Don't Worry, The Minnesota Tower Raccoon Survived

Don't Worry, The Minnesota Tower Raccoon Survived

The raccoon started climbing the UBS skyscraper in Minnesota earlier today and people around the world are now waiting for it to return to earth safely.

"One of my colleagues spotted the raccoon on, kind of the ground floor, sitting on a ledge on Monday - it looked like a brown lump, nearly like a cat sitting there", MPR's Evan Frost told the BBC in the early hours of Wednesday. Workers in the office building, whose windows are sealed shut, anxious as the critter scuttled past their offices and rested on window ledges.

By midday Tuesday, the raccoon was 12 stories up the tower. Police said they believed the raccoon would have begun its journey up the building on Monday night, and by Tuesday afternoon, it had stopped on a ledge more than 20 stories high.

A parody Twitter account for the little climber tweeted about his accomplishments and thanked his fans after he got to the top of the building.

Wildlife Management Services said the raccoon is not rabid and it will be released back into the wild.

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Nearby Minnesota Public Radio, which broke the story and closely followed the raccoon's climb from its headquarters less than a block away, branded the animal #mprraccoon.

The MPRRaccoon also became the source of anxiety for Twitter users Tuesday, as people feared for his safety and wondered how in heck he would ever get down.

It napped for several hours on the window ledge before moving up and on, this time scaling to the 23rd floor - the last remaining floor with windows, or ledges.

According to the Associated Press, the raccoon safely reached the roof of the building Wednesday morning.

The fuzzy critter hopped to the roof of that building before scurrying over to the UBS Building to make its climb.

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