Most office workers might expect to see nothing more on their window ledge than the odd pigeon…
So when a raccoon appeared many floors up on the outside of a 25-storey building in the US, it became an instant celebrity.
The furry mammal was spotted on the high-rise UBS building in St Paul, Minnesota, on Tuesday.
Crowds, some with binoculars, gathered in the square below to watch as the raccoon scurried up and down the building, occasionally pausing to rest on window ledges, to the surprise of workers inside.
Local media broadcast its perilous antics for almost a day, making it an internet and Twitter sensation – something of a change for an animal usually regarded as a pest for its habit of going through rubbish bins.
— CNN (@CNN) June 14, 2018
Evan Frost, a journalist with Minnesota Public Radio which is based opposite the building, said: ‘One of my colleagues spotted the raccoon sitting on a ledge. It looked like a brown lump, almost like a cat sitting there. Two workers got out a couple of long planks, making a kind of ladder for it.’ But the initial rescue attempt failed and the raccoon was scared upward. It then spent most of the day climbing up and down the building.
In the small hours, however, the raccoon was eventually caught at the top of the structure. Animal welfare teams captured it in a live trap filled with cat food and later released it into the wild.
#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
— Will Dollinger (@willdollinger) June 13, 2018
#MPRraccoon taught us a lesson:
You may feel alone and tired but no matter how small u feel, the world is watching.
Haters will diminish ur struggle &hope u fall along the way but you’ll never know how badly the rest of us want u to reach the top.
So don’t give up, keep climbing.
— thania (@thaniam11) June 13, 2018
For everyone following the #mprraccoon drama, you can all breathe a sigh of relief.
The raccoon made it to the roof. pic.twitter.com/QmdPMBWqiS
— ((((Hawks)))) (@rhollister57) June 13, 2018
— Alicia Lewis (@alicialewisKARE) June 13, 2018
— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 13, 2018
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) June 13, 2018
Author: ANA Newswire