St. Paul raccoon set free after scaling 25-story towerJune 13, 2018 10:27pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul was safely trapped Wednesday and released back into the wild.

The raccoon looked a bit bedraggled but healthy after it was caught before dawn atop the UBS Plaza. Technicians took the caged raccoon down a freight elevator to a truck, according to Wildlife Management Services, which provides animal control services for St. Paul.

"It's definitely a healthy raccoon. It's in good condition. It's eating normally," said Christina Valdivia, the company's general manager, who accompanied the technicians to the rooftop.

The raccoon's adventures caused a stir on social media as it scaled the tower Tuesday, with many Twitter users voicing concern for its safety or joking about the drama as its seemingly death-defying climb was livestreamed by several broadcasters. Valdivia said her mother-in-law saw it on the news in Chile.

The animal made it to the roof early Wednesday, where traps baited with cat food were waiting. 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.

Minnesota Public Radio, which broke the story and closely followed the raccoon's climb from its headquarters less than a block away, branded the animal #mprraccoon.

Among those riveted was Suzanne MacDonald, a raccoon behavior expert at York University in Toronto.

"Raccoons don't think ahead very much, so raccoons don't have very good impulse control," she said, admitting she could barely sleep she was so worried about the animal. "I don't think the raccoon realized when it started climbing what it was in for."

Initial speculation was that the raccoon climbed to a lower part of the building, frequented by pigeons, in search of bird eggs. But workers who tried to lure it down with a wooden ramp likely just scared it, said Phil Jenni, executive director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

So it did what raccoons do when they're stressed: it climbed.

It's not unusual for raccoons to climb fairly tall trees and other structures, according to MacDonald and Jenni, though neither had heard of one climbing such a tall building before.

MacDonald said one raccoon grabbed attention in 2015, after climbing 699 feet (213 meters) up a construction crane in Toronto. It safely climbed down on its own.

Jenni said the outpouring of concern online was encouraging, but he noted it's often best to leave wild animals alone.

"The narrative that developed was this raccoon was stranded and needed rescuing. I'm not sure that was true. It was behaving like a lot of raccoons do," he said.

___

For the latest information about the raccoon's climb: https://bit.ly/2sW0HQd

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

Bank robbery suspect gives ID, easily tracked by policePolice say a quick-thinking bank teller convinced a suspected robber to hand over his own license
Woman who took dead butterfly from exhibit gets probationA woman who took a dead butterfly from an Ohio botanical garden has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft
Kind of a big dill: Boston hosts 2nd annual pickle fairThe Boston Pickle Fair is back for the second year in a row and it's kind of a big dill
An 800-pound sculpture, titled "Purdue," created by artist Domenic Esposito is displayed outside the Connecticut headquarters of drugmaker Purdue Pharma, Friday, June 22, 2018, in Stamford, Conn. The sculpture was inspired to create by Esposito's brother's battle with addiction. Several state and local governments are suing Purdue Pharma for allegedly using deceptive marketing to boost sales of its opioid painkiller OxyContin, blamed for opioid overdose deaths. (Susan Dunne/Hartford Courant via AP)
Drug spoon sculpture placed outside drugmaker headquarters
FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017 file photo, Ben Sunderlin places a sign of support near the window that was damaged during Saturday morning's attack at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn. A grand jury added federal civil rights and hate crimes violations to the charges three Illinois men face in the bombing of a mosque in suburban Minneapolis, prosecutors announced Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, File)
3 men face hate crimes charges in Minnesota mosque bombing
FILE - This photo released by the Northwest Regional Corrections Center shows Monalisa Perez. Perez, of Halstad, Minn., who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz III in a videotaped stunt they planned to post on YouTube. A transcript released Friday, June 21, 2018, shows the Minnesota man urged his girlfriend to shoot him for a videotaped stunt that ended in his death.  (Northwest Regional Corrections Center via AP, File)
Woman who shot boyfriend in videotaped stunt resisted
AdChoices

Related Searches

Related Searches

AdChoices