ICYMI: Yesterday, a raccoon was spotted climbing the USB building Minnesota. The photo taken from the 13th floor went viral, and the world watched with bated breath as the raccoon climbed higher and higher. Traps were set on the building's rooftop in the hope that the little guy would make his (or her) way to the top of the building. All the drama unfolded in real time, as local Minnesota news live-streamed the raccoon's climb up, then back down, then back up again. The #mprraccoon made it as high as the 23rd floor before getting ontop of the roof to safety. Even famous folks found themselves caught up in the spectacle:
If I don’t wake up tomorrow with good news regarding #mprraccoon I am calling the manager.— Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) June 13, 2018
I can’t handle@it. I’m on the verge of tears. He’s not going to make it down himself. He hasn’t had food or water for 2 days. He needs window washers to go get him. Why can’t someone make that happen??? #mprracoon @StPaulFireDept how about YOU?! https://t.co/l39s7DKsXy— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) June 13, 2018
#MPRraccoon I want to thank @LanceUlanoff for sleep deprivation as I got invested in this raccoon climbing a building. I was there watching at some ungodly hour when it finally reached the top!🙄 pic.twitter.com/kjoAujh8eJ— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) June 13, 2018
Our backyard raccoon stopped by to say "Good on ya, #mprraccoon. But, peoples, stop calling us trash pandas. We're one of the most successful and intelligent omnivores in the history of interaction with the human world. True, we do call humans trashies, but..." pic.twitter.com/0Ac5CWNfSD— Jeff VanderMeer (@jeffvandermeer) June 13, 2018
There’s something tragic and inspiring about a poor, starved, and dehydrated raccoon refusing to give up and scaling a high rise building just to survive. Life is precious and worth fighting for. #mprraccoon pic.twitter.com/pEeDnKsaSg— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) June 12, 2018
The TODAY show recapped the event this morning, calling the raccoon a "rock star":
The USB plaza's official Twitter account reported the raccoon safe!
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What a feel-good story! Were you following it, ONTD?