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A Raccoon Is Scaling A Minnesota Skyscraper And We Can't Look Away


It’s near the top of the 24-story UBS Tower.

And it’s stealing the hearts of people along the way. They’ve taken to social media — and showed up in person — to root for her to make it to the top.


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The trash panda had scaled more than 20 stories by Tuesday afternoon.

It’s been on this journey for two days without food or water, according to a Minnesota Public Radio reporter.

This poor raccoon apparently got itself stranded on a ledge of the Town Square office building in downtown St. Paul, likely on an errant mission to raid pigeon nests on the skyway over 7th Street. It's been there for two days now, without food or water. @mprnews https://t.co/fVI5pmdCWq

This poor raccoon apparently got itself stranded on a ledge of the Town Square office building in downtown St. Paul, likely on an errant mission to raid pigeon nests on the skyway over 7th Street. It’s been there for two days now, without food or water. @mprnews https://t.co/fVI5pmdCWq

And people IRL and online are very emotionally invested in the furball’s journey.

Some people can’t look, but they also can’t look away.

A very, very small crowd is watching the #mprraccoon drama unfold on 7th Street in downtown St. Paul.

A very, very small crowd is watching the #mprraccoon drama unfold on 7th Street in downtown St. Paul.

One person has already made fan art.

It’s messing up some people’s workdays (same tbh).

“I’m sorry I can’t right now, I’m preoccupied with #mprraccoon.” – Everyone in Minnesota today.

when you hear that one of your friends is stranded on a ledge on the 20th floor of a building #mprraccoon

when you hear that one of your friends is stranded on a ledge on the 20th floor of a building #mprraccoon

“Mood: I am stressed about a lot of unknowns, and I am crying about a raccoon trapped on the ledge of a building in Minneapolis. WILL IT BE OK?!”

Mood: I am stressed about a lot of unknowns, and I am crying about a raccoon trapped on the ledge of a building in Minneapolis.
WILL IT BE OKAY?! 
#mprraccoon

Mood: I am stressed about a lot of unknowns, and I am crying about a raccoon trapped on the ledge of a building in Minneapolis.

WILL IT BE OKAY?!

#mprraccoon

It’s unclear what will happen even if it reaches the top. Minnesota Public Radio reported that Saint Paul Animal Control Center was considering setting a trap on the top of the building.


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Correct.

Later on, the fire department paid her a visit.

Can confirm #MPRraccoon is still itchy. Got a little visit from @StPaulFireDept too! Cat food awaits it on the roof.

Can confirm #MPRraccoon is still itchy. Got a little visit from @StPaulFireDept too! Cat food awaits it on the roof.

We’ve been biting our nails and praying.

~Swoon~


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But the raccoon appeared to still be on the ledge after the fire department left. What will it take to save her?

Minnesota Public Radio reported that fire department officials judged that trying to rescue the raccoon from the ledge would be too great a risk to firefighters to justify. Local animal control put a trap with food on the roof to catch the animal and bring it to ground level The Fire Department did not respond to request for further comment.

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