The internet was entranced by a raccoon that climbed to the top of a Minnesota skyscraper


The internet was gripped by a daring raccoon that climbed a 23-storey skyscraper in Minnesota, USA.
Nicknamed the #MPRraccoon after a local radio station, the animal drew small crowds and a lot of online support.
The raccoon finally made it to the top of the building at 3 AM this morning, over 20 hours after it began its ascent.

Yesterday evening, the world watched in suspense as a daring raccoon made its ascent up a skyscraper in Minnesota.

Dubbed the #MPRraccoon after the local radio station that helped break the story, the animal escapade inspired livestreams, photos, and countless tweets of support.

The raccoon’s ascent lasted a staggering 20 hours — Twitter celebrated the animal reaching the roof at 3 AM local time Wednesday morning, according to the BBC.

The #mprraccoon just made it to the roof! Video courtesy @DPet_KARE11News

— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 13, 2018

Journalists for Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) documented the raccoon’s odyssey on Twitter, which began after an unsuccessful attempt to rescue the animal from the first floor:

He made a run for it! Still stuck though.

— Evan Frost (@efrostee) June 12, 2018

“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, almost like a cat sitting there,” MPR’s Evan Frost told the BBC in the early hours of Wednesday.

“We went out there at about 8:30 on Tuesday morning and saw it was a raccoon. Two workers in the building got out a couple of long planks — sort of making a kind of ladder for it.”

The rescue attempt scared the raccoon from MPR’s offices to the next door UBS skyscraper, where the ascent began.

Well, it’s out of the frying pan, into the fire for the #mprraccoon. Building maintenance got the animal off the 7th Street ledge and now it’s 5 stories up the office tower next door. @mprnews Photo via @efrostee

— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 12, 2018

“It was heartbreaking to see yesterday,” Tim Nelson told the BBC on Wednesday. “We couldn’t imagine how this would end well for him.”

The tenacious “trash panda” drew support from the public, who tweeted messages of support.

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

— Layton E. Williams (@LaytonEWilliams) June 12, 2018

News organisations even started live streaming the event.

And a small crowd was drawn at the bottom of the building.

Here’s the crowd standing on Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul watching the #mprraccoon.

— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 13, 2018

“To think that one of these little animals would top the trending on twitter is a complete surprise to me,” MPR’s Tim Nelson told the BBC.

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Source:: Business Insider


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