raccoon minnesota safe

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The daring Minnesota raccoon is safe, everyone

We'll miss him.


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 13, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 1:40 pm CDT

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:

And here is the animal making it to the roof, around 2:30am CT, where animal control set out a cat food trap:

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:


It appears that the raccoon has been trapped.

Now the animal just needs a publicist.

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*First Published: Jun 13, 2018, 9:27 am CDT