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Raccoon scales 20 stories of office building, terrifies Twitter
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.
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— CKY (@syntaxjunkie) June 12, 2018
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
And MPR made him the headline of the day.
Historical meetings between world leaders be damned.
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.— Layton E. Williams (@LaytonEWilliams) June 12, 2018
WILL IT BE OKAY?! #mprraccoon
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— Martha (@MarthaYoung) June 12, 2018
- St Paul Fire Department
- That guy in Paris that saved the baby on the balcony
- Hot Air Balloon
Ways to save the #MPRraccoon
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.
Of course, Twitter being Twitter, there’s already an account for the MPRRaccoon with a sassy, liberal voice.
Listen here. You can call me Trash Panda or whatever you want...— MPR-Raccoon (@MprRaccoon) June 12, 2018
but do NOT say I'm in Minneapolis! If I was, wouldn't you see an overly expensive, taxpayer funded football stadium somewhere in the background?#mprraccoon
I'll just tell some cranky Republicans that I'm here illegally and ICE will come pick me up in 15 minutes.#mprraccoon— MPR-Raccoon (@MprRaccoon) June 12, 2018
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.
When I get to the roof, I think it would be easier if you humans leave the staircase open for me on the way down.#mprraccoon— MPR-Raccoon (@MprRaccoon) June 12, 2018
Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.