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Well, the harrowing journey is over. The limber raccoon that climbed a building in St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday safely made it to the roof early today. The raccoon first appeared on a ledge of a building a couple of days ago. Instead of trying to find a way down, though, the animal started scaling the nearby 25-story UBS tower. Local Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson livetweeted the whole incident and posted videos of the raccoon’s busy day.
Here’s the raccoon, dubbed by the internet as MPR Raccoon, at the beginning of the journey:
— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 12, 2018
And here is the animal making it to the roof, around 2:30am CT, where animal control set out a cat food trap:
— Evan Frost (@efrostee) June 12, 2018
— D.P. (@DPet_KARE11News) June 13, 2018
THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
— Joel Neill (@joelneill) June 13, 2018
The internet watched the raccoon’s slow ascent like it was a captivating reality TV show or a car chase. Memes and jokes followed—and they included references to other seemingly Impossible journeys:
— Alicia Lewis (@alicialewisKARE) June 13, 2018
— Will Dollinger (@willdollinger) June 13, 2018
It appears that the raccoon has been trapped.
— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 13, 2018
RACCOON UPDATE: it has been trapped, its eating, still on top of tower, will be released "somewhere safe" by private Brooklyn Park contractor Wildlife Management Services
— Tad Vezner (@SPnoir) June 13, 2018
Now the animal just needs a publicist.
Tiffany Kelly is the Unclick editor at Daily Dot. Previously, she worked at Ars Technica and Wired. Her writing has appeared in several other print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Popular Mechanics, and GQ.