The little raccoon’s story began Monday when several Twitter users snapped photos of this raccoon stranded on a second-story ledge in St. Paul, Minn.
A raccoon that garnered online sensation this week for climbing up the side of the UBS Plaza building in St. Paul, Minn., has been rescued and freed in the wild. Before dawn on June 13, following an ascent the day earlier that caused a stir on Twitter, the female raccoon—#mprraccoon—was caught by animal control services on the roof of the 25-story building, having been baited with cat food. It was released later on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports, and scampered into a wooded area near the Twin Cities suburb of Shakopee. Photograph by @efrostee—Minnesota Public Radio/AP
Late Tuesday morning, rescuers tried to tempt the raccoon down with a long pole, but he wasn’t having it.
Instead, he hopped over to the UBS Plaza next door, and began climbing. And climbing.
My picture from the 13th floor around noon. Hope he makes it down OK! #mprraccoon pic.twitter.com/gfVWysn9iO
— Ben (@Johnson88Ben) June 12, 2018
People from all over the world were watching as he made his way to the top
I honestly can’t believe I was cheering on a raccoon all the way from Nairobi, Kenya. Glad he/she made it to the rooftop of the UBS building in Minnesota. Well done #RockyRaccoon.What a climb it was&what an encouragement U were to us to never give up&to keep our eyes on the prize
— Carol Paps (@Papsdiva) June 13, 2018
Here it is, #MPRRaccoon’s valiant climb to the top of the UBS Center in Downtown St. Paul, this morning. @KARE11 @MPRnews pic.twitter.com/ot1DPNeRF5
— D.P. (@DPet_KARE11News) June 13, 2018
His story has a happy ending!
The little guy reached the rooftop overnight, where live traps baited with smelly cat food awaited it.
After a delicious meal of soft cat food, #mprraccoon has been caught and will be picked up by Wildlife Management. Goodbye friend! pic.twitter.com/twcBPpjOQk
— UBS Plaza (@ubs_plaza) June 13, 2018
— Jack Bacon (@Jrbacon50) June 13, 2018