The eyes of the world were focused on one raccoon.
On Tuesday, thousands of people from around the world watched as a raccoon clung to the side of a skyscraper in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. By Wednesday morning, the internet breathed a collective sigh of relief as the raccoon was safely captured.
The adventure started on Tuesday at about 11 a.m. when downtown workers spotted the raccoon on a building ledge, a few stories above street level. But then the raccoon decided to up the ante. He leapt across to a nearby skyscraper, the UBS Tower, and began his nail-biting ascent.
The world took notice.
An eight-hour livestream of the raccoon began. Workers abandoned their work; students abandoned their studies. The internet was captivated by the raccoon’s perilous scurry up and down the side of the tower.
Those inside the building kept the world updated as the raccoon climbed.
Some compared the raccoon’s daring adventure to “Mission Impossible.” The tricky part about that this operation was that the building’s windows do not open. There was no way of helping the raccoon from inside. If he wanted to get to safety, he had to scale the side of the building up to the roof.
By Tuesday evening, the raccoon had made it up to the building’s 17th floor. He stopped on a window ledge on the 22nd floor to take a rest. Rome was not built in a day and there is no shame in taking a break while completing an arduous journey.
But before long, he was back at it. The mayor of St. Paul was even in on the raccoon’s rescue.
At the top of the building, wildlife control had placed traps with live food. If the raccoon was able to shimmy its way to safety, he would be rewarded with cat food.
At about 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, he did it.
The skyscraper’s Twitter account announced that the raccoon had been captured and wildlife control was taking him onwards to safety. The internet rejoiced.
But what about the raccoon inspired fervor in so many netizens? It could be his pluck or his determination. But most likely it’s his improbable success in the face of harsh adversity. In a divided world, the courage of one small procyon brought the world together.
Go forth into your week with the same passion and dedication that skyscraper raccoon showed in his moment of glory.