Rac­coon back in wild af­ter 25-storey climb

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

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.

“I don’t think the rac­coon re­alised when it started climb­ing what it was in for.” QUIZ AN­SWERS: 1. Jeri­cho. 2. Nel­son Mandela. 3. Tus­cany. 4. Soya. 5. France. 6. Roe. Miss­ing link: HEEL.

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