A stranded raccoon is giving the Twitter-sphere collective heart failure. People are offering their prayers and even money to save him! But now he’s safe and we’ve got the details.
UPDATE #2: The racoon is safe and made it to the top of the building! “So apparently the
#MPRraccoon made it up on the roof while I was walking from one vantage point to another. Missed the final climb but nice way to end the night” MPR news editor Andrew Krueger wrote at 3:42am EST. It was confirmed that trappers were able to lure the animal to the roof with food, and then trap it on top of the building. He will be picked up by Wildlife Management.
The #mprraccoon watch is on pause. The raccoon climbed from the north wall around the corner to the west wall of the 17th floor of the UBS tower about 30 min. ago and seems to be resting again.
— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 13, 2018
Just like in the movies, a group of passersby huddled below to watch the trapped animal. Tim Nelson from Minnesota Public Radio News tweeted about it. He wrote on June 12, “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.”
While animal control experts set traps and tried to rescue the raccoon, MPR filmed him live. And as he stretched, napped and shivered for hours, he became a viral sensation. Just like that “#mprraccon” became a thing! So far, as of writing this article, he’s still there. Let’s hope he’s brought to safety soon!