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.

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Source:: Business Insider


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