Speed Reads

I'm holding out for a hero

A raccoon is stuck more than 200 feet up an office tower in Minnesota and onlookers are in a panic

2018 has been a nail-biter of a year for daring rescues, from the Malian migrant who scaled an apartment building to save a child dangling from a railing to the happy ending for Gypsy, a Phoenix-area cat who got stuck at the top of a utility pole. Now there is another little guy in need of a hero: the MPR raccoon.

The Twin Cities-based raccoon "apparently got itself stranded on a ledge of the Town Square office building in downtown St. Paul," Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Nelson reports. It has been stuck now for two whole days:

An attempt to rescue the raccoon, though, led to it fleeing — up the building.

Onlookers, naturally, were in a panic:

Hang in there, MPR raccoon! We're rooting for you. Jeva Lange

Update June 13: Early Wednesday morning the raccoon reached the roof of the 20-story tower, and MPR reports it has since been "safely trapped." Watch a video of the raccoon scaling the building and miraculously reaching the roof here.