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Monday Cute: The Complete Saga of the Raccoon That Stole the Internet’s Heart

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In case you somehow missed it, the internet’s latest obsession is with a Minnesotan raccoon that gave Spider-Man some stiff competition when it comes to death-defying climbing acts last week.

This is the little guy in question:

A live feed picked up video of the raccoon climbing up the side of a 25-story building in St. Paul in the early morning hours last Tuesday. The UBS building had no balconies or windows able to be opened, so the raccoon was stranded on its climb for more than 24 hours.

Minnesota Public Radio, whose offices are across the street from the UBS building, dubbed the climber the #MPRraccoon, and his story quickly took over the entirety of the internet.

Because this is Monday Cute and not Monday Tragic, obviously this story has a happy ending. After more than a day of climbing, it made it to the roof where it enjoyed a bit of cat food and made its way into a cage that had been prepared for it.

It was then released into the wild by Wildlife Management Services.

Way to go, little raccoon! We hope you enjoy your new skyscraper-free life in the suburbs.

(image: R4vi/Flickr)

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