Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Where Is Minneapolis Raccoon Now? The Little Climber Has Been Safely Captured

Where Is Minneapolis Raccoon Now? The Little Climber Has Been Safely Captured

Chelsey DeMers, assistant general manager of Wildlife Management Services, said the raccoon was caught in a live trap baited with cat food on top of UBS Plaza before dawn. At 2:48 a.m. Wednesday, the #MPRraccoon successfully reached the roof of the UBS Tower, and entered a live trap to enjoy a delicious and well-deserved meal.

Evan Frost and Tim Nelson, journalists with Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), documented the raccoon's nerve-wracking journey on Twitter. Concerned that the raccoon had become trapped, Twitter users called for a host of inventive solutions, including sending up a hot air balloon to take the raccoon to safety.

The drama began Monday when the animal appeared to be stranded in a niche in the wall of the Town Square building at Seventh and Cedar streets. The raccoon, a female, was released later in the day and scampered into a wooded area on private property near the Twin Cities suburb of Shakopee.

A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul Minn. on Tuesday
A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul Minn. on Tuesday

Dubbed #mprraccoon by Minnesota Public Radio, the animal was first spotted Tuesday morning just a few stories off the ground - then it started to climb. "I don't think the raccoon realized when it started climbing what it was in for".

America breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday after a scruffy brown raccoon was captured safe and sound following a perilous climb up a skyscraper in the northern state of Minnesota.

On Twitter, office workers posted photos and videos of the raccoon resting on sills and climbing up the building's pebbled concrete exterior.

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She said the animal is in good condition and is eating.

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It was confirmed that the raccoon had been released back into the wild at an undisclosed location earlier today. Most every one of those people were thinking the same thing: "Please let her make it".

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He said the raccoon is doing "really well". The building's windows don't open, according to MPR.

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