Minnesota Raccoon Captures National Attention With Daredevil Antics

PetMD Editorial
Published: June 14, 2018
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The escapade started on Monday, June 11, with a young raccoon scampering around the city of St. Paul, Minnesota. 

The raccoon had been spotted on various buildings within the city, and despite the efforts of Good Samaritans, she evaded capture and made her way to the UBS Plaza building. On June 12, she was spotted on the first floor of the building, where building management staff attempted to lure her down by creating a makeshift ladder.

However, when raccoons are scared, their instincts tell them to get higher, and that is when she became an internet and national sensation.

This young raccoon began scaling the 25-story building, and people were mesmerized. The hashtag “#mprraccoon” started trending on twitter with people posting updates, memes and videos about the raccoon’s daredevil climb. The Minnesota Public Radio building, which is located next door, even used their electronic marquee to share updates on the raccoon’s activities.

It was a whirlwind adventure for those watching, filling people with a variety of emotions. The saga continued for over 24 hours, with the raccoon scaling down the building only to start climbing back up again.

But don’t worry! This story has a happy ending. The Wildlife Management Services for the city of St. Paul set traps on the top of the building that were filled with cat food. And around 2:45 a.m. on June 13, the raccoon finally reached the roof of the UBS Plaza building and entered one of the traps.

Wildlife Management Services officials arrived in the morning to collect the brave, young raccoon, and after a quick health check and announcement that it was a female raccoon, they deemed her healthy and released her back into the wild.

While her current whereabouts are unknown, she definitely left an impression on the nation. Twitter and other social media platforms are abuzz with T-shirts, artwork, greeting cards and memes commemorating the heroic raccoon’s antics. 

Image via Twitter: @donelly_law

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