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Tue Jun 12, 2018, 06:42 PM

A raccoon is scaling the side of a tall skyscraper, and it's incredibly stressful

Washington Post

This story is developing.

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un captivated the world on Tuesday morning with a historic summit that seemed to lower the prospect of a devastating global war. Not long after, a Minnesota raccoon captured some of the attention and seemed to raise the prospect of a collective national heart attack.

The masked animal did so by scaling a St. Paul, Minn., skyscraper, a la Spider-Man, and in the process riveting — and terrifying — legions of humans who followed online. By late Tuesday morning, the critter was spotted a few stories up on a window ledge, its brownish body just a smudge on the building’s concrete and mottled stone exterior.

By lunchtime, Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson tweeted, the raccoon had climbed 12 stories up the UBS Tower — and things were getting stressful. It had gotten stranded on a neighboring building two days before, Nelson said, “likely on an errant mission to raid pigeon nests on the skyway.” And it apparently decided that the only way to go was up.

Soon the travels of the animal, dubbed #MPRraccoon, were being tracked nationwide. The local CBS affiliate began live-streaming the journey.






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Reply A raccoon is scaling the side of a tall skyscraper, and it's incredibly stressful (Original post)
brooklynite Jun 12 OP
sinkingfeeling Jun 12 #1
unblock Jun 12 #2
CatWoman Jun 12 #17
tblue37 Jun 13 #56
CatWoman Jun 13 #68
brooklynite Jun 12 #5
cwydro Jun 12 #3
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ornotna Jun 12 #7
Cattledog Jun 12 #6
B2G Jun 12 #8
MountCleaners Jun 12 #9
smirkymonkey Jun 12 #10
herding cats Jun 12 #12
smirkymonkey Jun 12 #16
herding cats Jun 12 #18
oberliner Jun 12 #11
B2G Jun 12 #14
oberliner Jun 12 #15
Blue_Tires Jun 12 #13
nolabear Jun 12 #30
dustyscamp Jun 12 #19
bdamomma Jun 12 #20
csziggy Jun 12 #21
Demovictory9 Jun 12 #22
csziggy Jun 12 #23
Adsos Letter Jun 12 #25
csziggy Jun 13 #45
blogslut Jun 13 #47
csziggy Jun 13 #48
blogslut Jun 13 #49
brooklynite Jun 12 #26
Adsos Letter Jun 12 #27
nolabear Jun 12 #33
greyl Jun 12 #37
Vinca Jun 13 #50
zanana1 Jun 13 #53
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MountCleaners Jun 12 #24
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ret5hd Jun 12 #34
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geardaddy Jun 14 #73
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Cattledog Jun 13 #52
Generic Brad Jun 12 #31
nolabear Jun 12 #35
Adsos Letter Jun 12 #36
greyl Jun 12 #38
greyl Jun 13 #41
ProudLib72 Jun 13 #39
radical noodle Jun 13 #40
greyl Jun 13 #42
greyl Jun 13 #43
blogslut Jun 13 #44
FSogol Jun 13 #54
FSogol Jun 13 #55
raccoon Jun 13 #61
HAB911 Jun 13 #57
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 13 #58
treestar Jun 13 #59
herding cats Jun 13 #60
ProudLib72 Jun 13 #64
herding cats Jun 13 #67
jalan48 Jun 13 #63
FSogol Jun 13 #65
jalan48 Jun 13 #66
ProfessorGAC Jun 13 #69
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 06:44 PM

1. Where is he now?

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 06:53 PM

2. here's the latest i could find:

https://twitter.com/timnelson_mpr?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor


For those of you worried about #mprraccoon: Animal control folks have put live trap on tower roof with aromatic food, hope raccoon smells it and can make its way to the roof, be captured and safely brought down to the ground. Not much else to do but wait and hope.

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Response to unblock (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:23 PM

17. good

poor little fellow

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Response to CatWoman (Reply #17)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 08:45 AM

56. This is a funny cartoon of him:


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Response to tblue37 (Reply #56)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 02:13 PM

68. LOL!!

Thta's very cute

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:04 PM

5. Last sighted on the 22nd floor

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 06:55 PM

3. Whoa!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:02 PM

4. My palms are sweating thinking about that poor vermin.

Keep going, vermin!

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:06 PM

7. !

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:05 PM

6. Now on the 20th floor...updated 23rd floor.

Food has been placed on the roof to entice him/her to keep climbing.

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Response to Cattledog (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:12 PM

8. Why don't they drop a net

To make it easier for him to climb up?

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Response to B2G (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:13 PM

9. Too alarming?

Maybe too much of a human presence? He or she has been climbing this long, I'm sure it's used to it.

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Response to Cattledog (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:14 PM

10. How many stories is the building?

I hope the little guy makes it. I wonder what made him decide to climb in the first place. Very unusual.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #10)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:18 PM

12. 25 stories.

I think he's going to make it!!

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Response to herding cats (Reply #12)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:21 PM

16. Oh good! He's almost there!

Hopefully he's made it by now!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #16)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:25 PM

18. Last I heard he was taking a breather.

?w=1020

This article says he's on the second to top floor now taking a nap. It also says the 22 floor is the second to last floor where he stopped to sleep, so I was wrong about it being 25 floors.

https://www.twincities.com/2018/06/12/raccoon-climbs-st-paul-mn-office-building-ubs/

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Response to Cattledog (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:16 PM

11. Why would they want to entice him to keep climbing?

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Response to oberliner (Reply #11)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:20 PM

14. Because none of the windows open

And he's on the 23rd floor of a 25 floor building.

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Response to B2G (Reply #14)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:21 PM

15. That makes sense

Thanks!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:20 PM

13. Meh... There's tens of millions more where he came from

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #13)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 11:01 PM

30. You too. And your family. And mine.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:34 PM

19. Rocket just wants to get fit for Avengers 4

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 07:40 PM

20. Reporter is kind of lost in the report

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 08:25 PM

21. Report is that he was caught safely!




Dan Williams
‏ @Lov2rok
6h6 hours ago

Replying to @timnelson_mpr @solace

I can officially report that “Rocky” was safely brought down! I have proof with my own 👀’s



There are other photos on the thread of the truck leaving the building - recognizable by the pebbled surface and rounded verticals.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #21)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 08:45 PM

22. yay! I couldn't even watch the video

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #22)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 08:47 PM

23. I know - I hate heights and was worried about the poor thing

That's why I HAD to find out if they caught him - otherwise I would have nightmares about falling.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #23)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 10:09 PM

25. No, he is apparently settling in for the night.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Reply #25)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 04:08 AM

45. Hunh - Maybe there were two raccoons?

Here is the other tweet with photo:





Dan Williams @Lov2rok

pic.twitter.com/32yhZKUvBH
1:52 PM - Jun 12, 2018



If you look the the left of the pic, the style of building is identical to the one the raccoon was climbing.

Or maybe Don Williams is a liar and these are shots he got of a different raccoon capture on a different day. He claims to be a delivery driver, making a delivery to that building and posted his schedule:

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Response to csziggy (Reply #45)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 04:12 AM

47. I just watched a live feed of a raccoon climbing to the rooftop of the Minneapolis UBS building

Last edited Wed Jun 13, 2018, 07:17 AM - Edit history (1)

I don't know what the other business is so there's that.

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Response to blogslut (Reply #47)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 04:16 AM

48. Yes - I just read far enough down this thread to get to the live feed

So definitely not the same raccoon as in the cage in the truck!

I hope he can make it to the roof where they have the trap so he can get down safe.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #48)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 04:24 AM

49. The critter is on the roof.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #21)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 10:21 PM

26. So, now he has to start all over again?

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Response to csziggy (Reply #21)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 11:13 PM

33. They're still tweeting about it being there, inc. the stations.

Who knows...Twitter is its own parallel universe.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #21)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 11:58 PM

37. Twit has corrected himself

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Response to csziggy (Reply #21)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 07:07 AM

50. Poor thing. Hope he can go back to the woods to live.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #21)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 08:25 AM

53. I think we were more stressed than the raccoon! nt

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Response to csziggy (Reply #21)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 02:02 PM

62. Geez!

Looks like they just threw the cage in the back of the truck.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 09:09 PM

24. The "live" feed on Twitter is still showing it sleeping

I'll wait until the news confirms this. That "rescue" was a little quick.

I'm starting to feel for the little bugger and I HATE raccoons, they were always the terror of my dogs.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 10:43 PM

28. Show Off

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 10:58 PM

29. WTF. Would you all root for a rat?

Vermin are vermin. If he makes it up and is trapped he will be euthanized. Would be more humane if he fell.

This is not someone’s pet dog here. Raccoons carry rabies and should be avoided in urban situations.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #29)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 11:08 PM

32. I hate 'em too

One climbed down my chimney and terrorized my dog. Their claws are enormous.

But this little guy (or gal) is soooo cute!

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #29)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 11:32 PM

34. Crass sentiment. I usually find that such attitudes...

correlate with levels of overall kindness.

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #34)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 07:57 AM

51. This. eom

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #34)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:27 AM

73. +1

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #29)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 04:12 AM

46. Interesting question. Let's get Trump to try it and see what happens.

Tell him his Noble (sic) Prize is on the roof and all the elevators are out of service.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 11:03 PM

31. I used to live in that building across the street

If I were still living there, I could have been filming this adventure. There is usually a peregrine falcon nest on the top of the building he is climbing. Their chicks may be the prize he is trying to reach.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 11:40 PM

35. That little bugger is climbing back down.

I hope to God wildlife rescue is waiting at the bottom.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 11:44 PM

36. Appears to be climbing back down.

Currently at about the 18th floor. https://twitter.com/timnelson_mpr

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 11:59 PM

38. Twitter live feed, raccoon currently resting on ledge:

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 12:20 AM

39. This is driving me nuts! Now it's too dark to see him

They think they know which window he's in, but it's too dark to tell for sure. Someone was shining a spotlight. Still couldn't see him.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 02:46 AM

40. Best #mprraccoon tweet




If you had a choice between rescuing Trump, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell or #MPRraccoon from the ledge of a tall building, what would you feed MPR Raccoon after you both safely returned to the ground?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 03:15 AM

42. On the move again, going up!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 03:33 AM

43. Just made it to the roof! nt

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Response to greyl (Reply #43)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 03:50 AM

44. I would imagine it will stay up there until it's trapped.

Cross fingers. What a little champ!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 08:31 AM

54. I used to do that all the time:

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 08:33 AM

55. Should we be concerned that DU's raccoon hasn't checked in here?

Hope he's ok.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #55)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 01:58 PM

61. I'm so glad he made it. I was going to hide this thread

I’m so glad he made it. I was going to hide this thread ——afraid of what might happen.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 08:59 AM

57. They have the ability to go where they want

I have given up fighting them. I put an electric fence crisscrossing my grape arbor, 4000 volts, didn't slow them down one bit, although I'm not sure why or how. I have seen them in the top of one of my 70' tall palms at night. I have watched them walk headfirst down a banana plant just like waling on level ground. I have given up trying to even dissuade them.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 09:49 AM

58. UPDATE: A raccoon that scaled more than 20 stories of a high-rise office building in MN is on roof

Last edited Wed Jun 13, 2018, 10:26 AM - Edit history (1)

The Associated Press Retweeted:

UPDATE: A raccoon that scaled more than 20 stories of a high-rise office building in Minnesota has made it to the roof. http://apne.ws/wYyc7ZP #odd


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 09:54 AM

59. Why did they have to start out about the Dotard?

This has nothing to do with him, yet they have to throw him a little love and attention.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 01:26 PM

60. Final update: Raccon caught and had a nice dinner of soft cat food.




That was a lot of work for a can of kitty food!

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Response to herding cats (Reply #60)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 02:06 PM

64. I'm glad he got some food for all his trouble!

Two days of death defying climbing. He deserved something in return!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #64)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 02:12 PM

67. Right?!

I'm betting wherever he ends up next, he'll be sticking to dumpsters and trash cans for his noms.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 02:04 PM

63. What a brave little guy.

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #63)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 02:08 PM

65. I think you meant, what a stupid little guy. There has to be easier ways to get cat food.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #65)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 02:12 PM

66. LOL-well, yes that too, but once he embarked on his journey he was very brave.

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #66)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 03:15 PM

69. And The Options Were What?

They probably have a good enough sense of height to know that it was to climb and not let go. Once it was at the 5 floor or so, just dropping was not an option. From 50 feet, the fall would have that critter hitting the ground at around 38 miles an hour.

That would be bad!

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #69)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 03:17 PM

70. Splat! Better to keep climbing.

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #70)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 04:01 PM

71. You Bet!

Reminds me of the old "best way to get out of a hole..." saying.

Except in this case, it's the opposite, because once above about 40 feet, it doesn't much matter if you keep going up.

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