Maverick Raccoon Scales Minnesota Skyscraper And The Internet Does Exactly What You'd Expect

The raccoon (not pictured) has captured all our hearts and made our bottoms a little squeakier than usual. jennyt/Shutterstock

Update: It's all over, folks. The raccoon has been captured, and is currently enjoying a meal.

The world is watching. The fate of millions hang in the balance as a key summit tests the resolves of peoples and nations across the planet. The ultimate outcome remains uncertain, but one thing, above all, is clear: our lives will never be the same again.

What? No, we’re not talking about the Trump-Kim photo-op. We are, of course, talking about the raccoon that – at the time of writing – has climbed right to the top of a skyscraper in Minnesota.

As has been widely reported, people are extremely stressed out.

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Worriers include Guardians of the Galaxy-director, James Gunn, whose predilection for sci-fi raccoons has led him to offer money to anyone that can safely get this little critter back down again.

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The latest, according to BuzzFeed's genuinely thrilling live update piece is that the raccoon has made it to the top of the 23-storey UBS Center skyscraper in downtown St. Paul, after spending much of the day climbing up said building, with occasional, death-defying clambers back down.

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It’s reported that cat food-laden humane traps left by the fire department await the raccoon on the roof, but at this point, it’s unclear if it’s been captured.

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Either way, as you can tell by reactions on social media, things have been bum-clenchingly tense. Some have directed their panicky energy into making fan art.

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The Guardian described the “daredevil” raccoon’s near-24 hours ordeal as “nail-biting.” Apparently the raccoon had already climbed up another nearby building and was safely removed, but it then proceeded to ask everyone to holds its beer and one-up itself.

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Raccoons, as far as we’re aware, aren't prone to pretending to be Spiderman – although we have contacted an animal behavior expert to check, because science.

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