A wild raccoon, dubbed the#mprraccoon, was said to likely be looking for food in a lower skyway when it became stranded on the 25-story UBS building in St. Paul, Minnesota for at least two days, before scaling the high-rise building (the term skyscraper is technically reserved for buildings 40 stories and above) in an attempt to save itself.
The raccoon's very real struggle was brought to national attention after the local Minnesota Public Radio station (whose offices are in close proximity to the UBS building) began broadcasting updates on the tiny trash panda's progress to the rapt anxiety-ridden attention of Minnesotans.
From there, things quickly went viral as those watching the nail-biting event updates, including those snaps posted by workers inside the building of an exhausted looking medium-sized furry mammal napping on their window ledges in between climbs, cheered the Procyon lotor on in her journey from the relative safety of their screens.
It all began with a post from MPR reporter Tim Nelson:
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 pic.twitter.com/fVI5pmdCWq— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 12, 2018
The raccoon's saga made her an instant social media star, even earning her the hashtag #mprraccoon.
Nelson continued to give updates throughout the day as did other Minnesotans:
Everyone wondered why they didn't get help BEFORE she got up so high...
What...it was here for *two days* in this reachable place?! Why did no one help it then before it scaled 23 floors?!!— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) June 12, 2018
Two days!?! No wonder this one looks tired and thirsty! It's 81 degrees F, can only imagine the heat coming off the building. Certainly makes the skin clinging to bones appear as a symptom of dehydration.— Lisa M (@speednet) June 12, 2018
...turns out they tried but that help backfired.
Oh wow ok. Thanks for the information. This whole thing is fairly stressful to observe. 🤞🐼 (no raccoon emoji)— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) June 12, 2018
St. Paul's animal control folks are noodling on #mprraccoon. Spokeswoman: they may try to put a live trap on roof to bring it down. But it'll have to make it that far on its own & as far as we can tell, the raccoon hasn't had anything to eat or drink for more than 24 hrs.— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 12, 2018
Folks were REALLY worried about this resilient little critter:
😩😩 I wish I had not clicked on this. I am a sobbing, bawling mess. Any update on him?? I'm SO scared he won't make it and he needs food/ water 😩— Amy (@xoAmySarah) June 13, 2018
In the end, our trash panda's adventure was a triumphant one—reaching the rooftop safely, where it was given a celebratory can of cat food and hopefully, only temporary, incarceration.