Someone Please Save the Raccoon

By Tom McKay on at

A raccoon scaled a skyscraper in Minnesota, on Tuesday, managing to climb at least 20 storeys on UBS Tower as onlookers snapped photos from outside and within the structure.

Per WCCO, the raccoon was “first spotted at the Town Square building, huddled in a nook above the sidewalk,” but when building workers tried to rescue it from a potential fall, it decided to instead climb to nearly the top of the neighbouring 25-story building. The raccoon then steadily ascended UBS Tower, taking the time to groom itself and lay down along the way. Locals have deemed the animal “Spider-Raccoon,” per Minnesota Public Radio News.

According to NPR, firefighters made appearances in the building to see where the raccoon was, and city officials set up cat food-laden traps on the roof to lure the critter to the top where it could be safely retrieved. However, the raccoon seemed to have deemed it time for some rest around the 23rd floor.

According to WCCO, the raccoon began a descent at around 11:30pm ET, “making it to the 14th floor about 15 minutes later.” Perhaps the little rascal knows exactly what it’s doing after all.