A reckless raccoon became a Twitter star yesterday, thanks to a never-say-die attitude and an apparent apathy to heights. In St. Paul, Minnesota, a scrawny raccoon scaled a small office building, getting stranded on its ledge on Monday. The poor creature remained there until Tuesday afternoon, resting or maybe planning his next move. Meanwhile, local humans took pictures.
The concrete jungle is a frightening place for a raccoon. pic.twitter.com/Up84scKsp4— Evan Frost (@efrostee) June 12, 2018
Minnesota Public Radio News reports humans did attempt a rescue. Though the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota and the city of St. Paul’s animal control were called, it was three maintenance workers who screwed together 20-feet of lumber to help the raccoon down. But to no avail. The #MPRRaccoon had a plan of his own.
The raccoon leaped to the towering UBS high-rise, and began climbing. And as the hashtag took hold on Twitter, the world began watching, breathless and concerned as MPR reporter Tim Nelson live-tweeted.
He is on the ledge on our floor. He seems to be doing well. We’ve been told that the building has live traps on the roof and are trying to get him to go up there. We all just have to keep our fingers crossed.. #mprraccoon pic.twitter.com/HY1PkuFKz0— Paige Donnelly law (@donnelly_law) June 12, 2018
All human intervention efforts demanded that the raccoon make it to the roof of the 26-story office building. So the internet was left helpless, watching, waiting, hoping for a happy ending…and cracking jokes.
Opens Twitter: why is my entire feed obsessed with a raccoon?— Euqinomist (@Euqinomist) June 13, 2018
5 minutes later: come on buddy, you can do it!
10 minutes later: will no one save the poor raccoon?!#mprraccoon
I really hope the #mprraccoon doesn’t turn out to have some problematic tweets from 2011— Sam (@samleo5) June 13, 2018
If the raccoon dies, we riot. #MPRraccoon— Carl Hott (@cwhott) June 13, 2018
I can't wait until the #mprraccoon makes it down safely and also turns down an invite to the White House.— Andrew Athias (@AndrewAthias) June 13, 2018
Q: what did you do last night?— Hey Let's Talk (@heyletstlk) June 13, 2018
A: I spent hours looking at grainy livestream footage trying to see if a raccoon was moving#mprraccoon
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn got understandably invested in the safety of this scrappy raccoon and offered a reward for his rescue.
I'll donate a thousand bucks to the non political charity of choice to anyone who saves this raccoon. I can't handle this. Poor dude. https://t.co/2F5reAKkKa— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 12, 2018
Across America, concerned animal lovers reluctantly turned away from Twitter to go to bed, fearful of how the story might resolve as they slept.
Then, in the wee hours of the night, the MPR Raccoon made his move to safety and an eternal spot in our hearts.
And there was much rejoicing.
WHO ELSE WITNESSED THE GREATEST MOMENT OF 2018 LIVE? #mprraccoon— Brandon-M (@woooFFootball) June 13, 2018
#mprraccoon 2020. The hero we didn't know we needed, and the hero we didn't deserve.— Rick Leader (@rleader86) June 13, 2018
I want the #MPRRaccoon welcomed down from the roof basically into the crowd at the end of Ghostbusters. Same music too. And Bill Murray should be there.— Katie (@RonLaunson) June 13, 2018