Raccoon back in wild after 25-storey climb
A RACCOON that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-storey office tower in the US has been caught and released back into the wild.
The raccoon looked a bit bedraggled but healthy after it was caught before dawn on the UBS Plaza in St Paul, Minnesota.
Technicians took the caged raccoon down a freight elevator to a truck, according to Wildlife Management Services.
“It’s definitely a healthy raccoon,” said Christina Valdivia, t he company’s general manager, who accompanied the technicians to the rooftop. “It’s in good condition. It’s eating normally.”
The animal was later released on private property near the Twin Cities suburb of Shakopee.
The raccoon’s adventures caused a stir on social media on Tuesday as it scaled the tower, with Twitter users voicing concern for its safety or joking about the drama as its death-defying climb was livestreamed.
Ms Valdivia said her mother-in-law saw it on the news in Chile.
“Raccoons don’t t hink ahead very much, so raccoons don’t have very good impulse control,” said Suzanne MacDonald, a raccoon behaviour expert at York University, in Toronto.
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