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High-Climbing Raccoon Turns Around And Starts To Descend From St. Paul Skyscraper


A raccoon who captured the nation’s attention by climbing 20 stories up the side of a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday made a U-turn overnight and began descending the building.

It’s been dubbed the #MPRraccoon because Minnesota Public Radio, whose offices are in a nearby building, has been documenting the animal’s long, strange trip. So have other concerned animals lovers:

As the raccoon climbed higher and higher on Tuesday, animal welfare officials hoped that it would reach the roof of the UBS Plaza building so it could be trapped. But overnight, the nocturnal mammal thwarted that plan by beginning to descend. The wily creature climbed down to the 17th floor, where observers said it appeared to be resting.

People continue to follow the raccoon’s adventures and half a dozen Twitter accounts purporting to represent the animal were launched. Even Jake Tapper of CNN commented on the situation:


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