Minnesota raccoon becomes an unlikely social media star

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2018

Many people followed the raccoon's adventures and half a dozen Twitter accounts purporting to represent the animal were launched. Instead, the trash panda fled, and began to scale the concrete façade of the UBS Tower earlier Tuesday.

St Paul Animal Control believed it may have been there all night before it started heading skyward.

"One of my colleagues spotted the raccoon on, kind of the ground floor, sitting on a ledge on Monday - it looked like a brown lump, nearly like a cat sitting there", MPR's Evan Frost told the BBC in the early hours of Wednesday.

The headquarters for Minnesota Public Radio is just across the street, and workers there hashtagged the creature #MPRraccoon, which became Twitter's No. 1 hashtag on Tuesday.

Then around 2 a.m. Wednesday, it started climbing again, moving from window to window, until it reached the corner of the UBS Building, then the roof at around 2:30 a.m.

Climbing high above the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, a masked hero enthralled a city and captured the hearts of its residents.

It brought an end to a day of drama as people around the world anxious that the basketball-sized raccoon would lose its grip as it climbed or slip off a window ledge hundreds of feet above the light rail tracks running down Cedar Street in St. Paul. Fire officials said they couldn't in good conscience risk the life of a firefighter for a raccoon.

According to CBS News Minnesota, live traps have been set on the roof of the UBS building and rescuers are hoping to lure the celebrity raccoon to safety with food.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" member Rocket Raccoon now has competition for the title of most popular raccoon.

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