An extremely brave (or extremely stupid) raccoon scaled a Minnesota building on Tuesday, shocking onlookers and sending Twitter into an anxious frenzy.
Photos on social media showed the little dude, dubbed #MPRRacoon by Minnesota Public Radio, scaling past St. Paul office windows. According to the Washington Post, the animal had at one point Tuesday afternoon paused on a ledge 20 stories off the ground.
— Ben (@Johnson88Ben) June 12, 2018
— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 12, 2018
— KARE 11 (@kare11) June 12, 2018
It didn’t take long for reporters, Twitter, and the city of St. Paul to rally behind the creature. People had songs for the raccoon (to the tune of AC/DC).
Climbin' up the building
Lookin' for some grub
Restin' on the ledges
Shoulda gone to Cub
I tell you folks
It's harder than it looks
It's a long way to the top
If you're a raccoon in St. Paul#mprraccoon
— jabberwoCKY (@syntaxjunkie) June 12, 2018
And MPR made him the headline of the day.
— ClassicalKUSC (@lauritzen_brian) June 12, 2018
Historical meetings between world leaders be damned.
Rest of the world: "how about that #SingaporeSummit huh?"
Twin Cities: "NO TIME FOR THAT. There is a RACCOON climbing a BUILDING."#mprraccoon
— KT Lindemann (@KTLindemannMN) June 12, 2018
The MPRRaccoon also became the source of anxiety for Twitter users Tuesday, as people feared for his safety and wondered how in heck he would ever get down.
Mood: I am stressed about a lot of unknowns, and I am crying about a raccoon trapped on the ledge of a building in Minneapolis.
WILL IT BE OKAY?! #mprraccoon
— Layton E. Williams (@LaytonEWilliams) June 12, 2018
— Jean (@minnesotahungry) June 12, 2018
WHY IS THERE NO RACCOON EMOJI?! (Also, can someone spot me a Xanax?) #mprraccoon
— Eric Nelson (@Ejnelson77) June 12, 2018
Some suggested ways to save his life.
– Window washing equipment
– St Paul Fire Department
– That guy in Paris that saved the baby on the balcony
– Hot Air Balloon
Ways to save the #MPRraccoon
— Martha (@MarthaYoung) June 12, 2018
By Tuesday afternoon, the St. Paul Fire Department had paid a visit to the ledge-lounging raccoon. There was little firefighters could do from behind a sealed window, but cat food awaits the critter if (and when!) he’s able to get up there.
— Evan Frost (@efrostee) June 12, 2018
Of course, Twitter being Twitter, there’s already an account for the MPRRaccoon with a sassy, liberal voice.
It’s safe to assume at this point, the raccoon wants nothing more than to get safely home—and we’re rooting for him all the way there.