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While you were worrying about frivolous news stories like Canada’s potential war with the United States and Donald Trump getting chummy with Kim Jong Un, you overlooked the biggest news story of the week: this little trash panda scaling a skyscraper. Thankfully, Minnesota Public Radio was on the case and took it upon themselves to cover every death-defying moment of the creature’s ascent.

This little guy — known now as the MPR Raccoon — was spotted in the middle of his climb up the two-storey Town Square building in St. Paul, Minnesota by MPR employees Monday morning. At the time, he was stuck in a little niche in the wall and seemed unable to climb up or down. When they contacted the building’s management and animal control, the employees were told that the raccoon would come down on his own overnight.

The critter didn’t and after a failed attempt by building management to get him down, he instead managed to scamper onto the nearby 25-storey UBS tower and climb 20 stories up where he again seemed to get stuck. By this time, many more people had taken notice and MPR was giving frequent updates on their furry friend’s status with the help of employees working on various floors of the UBS building.

Eventually, the fire department got involved, but by that time, there was nowhere to go but up. The windows on the upper levels of the building don’t open, meaning people could see the raccoon, but couldn’t help him. The fire department assessed the situation and concluded that they couldn’t risk a human life by scaling down from the roof to retrieve a raccoon.

All of Tuesday, the little guy had the entire internet watching in suspense and urging him upward.

He eventually made it to the 23rd floor to everyone’s delight and took a well-deserved nap. People were happy. The raccoon was nearly safe. That is, until he awoke and started climbing back down instead of upwards to safety.

He went all the way down to the 17th floor, took a break, then started his ascent again. A private animal control company set up traps and food on the roof to capture and feed the MPR Raccoon once he reached the top. MPR learned from wildlife experts that since the raccoon had been climbing for days and was likely exhausted and hungry, no one should risk approaching the animal, making the traps necessary.

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the raccoon’s gripping saga finally reached its resolution. MPR reported that their little friend had successfully reached the roof and was captured by the traps set there. He was soon happily eating and resting from his long journey. The internet rejoiced!

So the raccoon is gone, but not forgotten. The brave creature inspired a unique fan following complete with his own fan art, a parody twitter account and a fan club. Private animal control contractor, Wildlife Management Services, told the press that the MPR Raccoon will be released “somewhere safe” after he’s done recuperating from his trek. We hope wherever he ends up is safe and at ground level. Godspeed, little buddy.