This week's American hero is not the president who met with the leader of a nuclear powered-totalitarian regime, but a raccoon with as much grit as his cinematic ancestor from the Ice Age films
America breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday after a scruffy brown raccoon was captured safe and sound following a perilous climb up a skyscraper in the northern state of Minnesota.
Thousands of Twitter users followed the escapades of the raccoon on Tuesday as it slowly inched up the side of the UBS Plaza building in St Paul, Minnesota.
Minnesota Public Radio reporters and occupants of the building posted pictures and updates on the animal – affectionately called the #MPRraccoon – as it scaled the skyscraper in true Spider-Man fashion; flashbacks of the Parisian Spider-Man anyone?
A local television station provided a livestream of the anxiety-producing journey of the animal, which apparently had been scared by construction workers at the building's base.
Hollywood director James Gunn offered to donate $1,000 to charity in the name of anyone who saved the raccoon.
"I can't handle this," Gunn, the director of the two "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies, tweeted, "Poor dude."
The "Guardians" movies, incidentally, feature a brash, devil-may-care character known as Rocket Raccoon.
The Minnesota raccoon paused at several points on narrow window ledges during its climb, even taking naps before continuing onward.
Well after midnight – when most Americans had gone to sleep – the raccoon reached the roof and was captured in a trap set up by wildlife control officials.
Building managers tweeted a picture of the raccoon in a cage Wednesday morning.
"After a delicious meal of soft cat food, #mprraccoon has been caught and will be picked up by Wildlife Management. Goodbye friend!" it said.
Wildlife Management Services later posted a video of the raccoon – after some prompting – leaving a cage and scampering off into the trees in the St Paul suburbs.