Minnesota Raccoon Scales Skyscraper In 2-Day Misadventure That Captivated Internet

A death-defying Minnesota raccoon managed to scale a building over 20 storeys tall in downtown St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, in a two-day feat that captivated onlookers and the internet.

The misadventure began Monday when the critter appeared to be stranded on a ledge of the Town Square building in the city’s downtown core.

According to Minnesota Public Radio, which dubbed the raccoon #MPRRaccoon, the animal escaped to the roof of the two-storey building after spending much of Monday tucked away on the ledge.

On Wednesday’s (June 13) “The Tonight Show,” Stephen Colbert reffered to the raccoon’s skyscraper stunt as “the best Spiderman reboot ever!”

Building maintenance workers tried help the masked animal by rigging up a 20-foot piece of lumber with the hope the raccoon would climb down. Instead, the trash panda fled, and began to scale the concrete façade of the UBS Tower earlier Tuesday.

WATCH: raccoon captures the world’s attention

Onlookers began to gather on the streets below as calls were placed to Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota and the city of St. Paul’s animal control to plead for help.

“I would be legitimately devastated if it fell,” a woman told Minnesota Public Radio as she watched the raccoon’s climb.

Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP
Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP

“If they rescue it would be a good news story and we all kind of need that,” another bystander said.

The animal became a bit of a star on social media as people began to cheer on the creature during its attempt to summit the building.

Photos show the animal plastered to the side of the building while many office workers shared photos from inside the UBS Tower, showing the animal’s progress.

By Tuesday night, the raccoon was still making its way up the building, where St. Paul Animal Control had placed cat food and a trap in hopes of enticing the animal to safety.

James Gunn, who directed Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that featured a smartass character named Rocket Raccoon, said he will donate $1,000 to a charity for anyone who rescues the raccoon.

He later posted:

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

It wasn’t until about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday the raccoon had successfully reached the top of the building.




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