Rac­coon to be freed af­ter scal­ing heights of in­ter­net fame

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

ST PAUL: A rac­coon that be­came an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion on Wednesday by climb­ing a 25­storey of­fice tower in St Paul, Min­nesota has been safely trapped and will be re­leased.

The for­est crea­ture was caught in a live trap on top of the UBS Plaza late Wednesday night, Chelsey DeMers, of the com­pany Wildlife Man­age­ment Ser­vices said.

She said it was in good con­di­tion and was eat­ing.

A com­pany tech­ni­cian was ex­pected to set it free at a site yet to be de­ter­mined.

The rac­coon’s ad­ven­tures caused a stir on so­cial me­dia and its climb was livestreamed by sev­eral broad­cast­ers. It reached the roof on Wednesday night, where the baited traps were wait­ing.

Nearby 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. — AP

PHOTO: REUTERS

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