This Raccoon Stole Twitter's Heart By Scaling A Skyscraper — & Now He's Finally Safe!

Y'all can rest easy -- the raccoon that's been stranded on a tall building is SAFE!

For those who haven't been keeping up with the important news, the internet fell in love with an adventurous raccoon this week after he spent two days scaling a 25-floor building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Locals watched with bated breath as the animal slowly ascended the high-rise looking for food, causing many to grow emotionally invested in the well-being of who Twitter would soon dub the #MPRRaccoon.

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As workers inside the building documented the raccoon's journey upward, a private animal contractor was able to bait the top of the building with a can of cat food inside a trap. And it all went to plan!

Early Wednesday morning, Minnesota Public Radio News' Tim Nelson reported that a law firm on the UBS building's top floor confirmed the animal had been successfully trapped. He will soon be released into the wild by Wildlife Management Services, per local reports.

The #MPRRaccoon's enthusiastic fandom could not be happier about his capture. After days of stressing about the animal's safety, most internet onlookers felt as if a close friend had been rescued from the wilderness and was now peacefully eating cat food in a cage.

Relive #MPRRaccoon's journey (below)!

Raccoon climbing a 24 story building in St. Paul 🤘🤘 . . #LarrañagaBros @larranagabros #kare11 @kare11 #mprraccoon #stpaul #minnesota #raccoon #sickclimbbro @mprnewsA post shared by Andy Larrañaga ☀️ (@horizon_rider) on Jun 12, 2018 at 1:39pm PDT

My picture from the 13th floor around noon. Hope he makes it down OK! #mprraccoon pic.twitter.com/gfVWysn9iO
— Ben (@Johnson88Ben) June 12, 2018

This poor raccoon apparently got itself stranded on a ledge of the Town Square office building in downtown St. Paul, likely on an errant mission to raid pigeon nests on the skyway over 7th Street. It's been there for two days now, without food or water. @mprnews pic.twitter.com/fVI5pmdCWq
— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 12, 2018

The #mprraccoon is doing a little grooming now that he's a social media star. You know, on a 23rd floor window ledge. @MPRnews pic.twitter.com/pGcwh7OJ6L
— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 12, 2018

Can confirm #MPRraccoon is still itchy. Got a little visit from @StPaulFireDept too! Cat food awaits it on the roof. pic.twitter.com/WeOTWmbaqz
— Evan Frost (@efrostee) June 12, 2018

Soon, fan tributes started pouring in:

Hang in there, #mprraccoon . I’m rooting for you! <3 pic.twitter.com/VH6tWBQl63
— Megan Tegeder (@mtegeder) June 12, 2018

The St. Paul raccoon has Summited the UBS building. Put some respekt on his name. Mr. Paul Wall Raccoon. #mprraccoon pic.twitter.com/2KkenuuCSz
— Captain Deplorable (@DaMatterhorn) June 13, 2018

I'll donate a thousand bucks to the non political charity of choice to anyone who saves this raccoon. I can't handle this. Poor dude. https://t.co/2F5reAKkKa
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 12, 2018

I didn’t stay awake all night making a felt #mprraccoon

YOU stayed awake all night making a felt raccoon and a teeny felt tower. pic.twitter.com/EOKKRkEjMS
— Jennifer Brooks (@stribrooks) June 13, 2018

Then, the internet breathed a collective sigh of relief as #MPRRacoon made it TO THE TOP:

The #mprraccoon just made it to the roof! Video courtesy @DPet_KARE11News pic.twitter.com/Wb5xPsANZh
— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 13, 2018

OH MY GOD WE MADE IT!!! 💖

MR. RACCOON IS FINALLY FREE! 🎉

My heart literally stopped when he started climbing 😰

Now I can die in peace, my life is complete! 😊#mprraccoon - The world will NEVER forget you pic.twitter.com/1YjdftyN5h
— Fredrik Wikholm (@realFreWik) June 13, 2018

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

You made it, kid.

#MPRaccoon For President. pic.twitter.com/SF9x9VxtXE
— Space Force Ghost Diana (@trojanchick99) June 13, 2018

[Image via KARE 11/YouTube.]


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