Alex Honnold, you better watch out. There’s some hot new competition in the world of free-soloing and it’s coming from this adorable raccoon.
What started out as a sad story about this raccoon being trapped on a ledge of the Town Square office building in St. Paul, Minnesota has turned into an incredible feat of athleticism: after maintenance workers unsuccessfully tried to coax the animal down, he started scaling the 25-story tower.
#mprraccoon has been trending on Twitter, with mpr radio’s Tim Nelson keeping us updated on this fella’s journey north up the UBS building.
The twitterverse was kept on edge as we watched the raccoon's slow progress up the building, but we can all let go of that collectively held breath – last night mpr raccoon made it safely to the roof.
Technicians from Wildlife Management Services were waiting with traps at the top of the building and have promised the raccoon will be released in a safe, but undisclosed, location.
This was certainly an exciting first ascent, but we're hoping this furry guy sticks to trees from now on.
Tragedy struck Togwotee Pass, near Jackson, Wyoming, on Wednesday afternoon after a snowmobiler died in an avalanche. The 29-year-old victim, Cody Christopherson from Wisconsin, was snowmobiling with a party of three when the incident occurred, according to the Jackson Hole News and Guide. While the details surrounding his death are pending, it is known that Christopherson’s friends were able to dig him out even though he was not using an avalanche beacon and start CPR. However, when
Parts of Europe have been hit hard with snow and cold temperatures, creating chaos throughout the continent. In many communities, the extreme weather has grounded flights and canceled schools. Just at Germany's Frankfurt Airport alone, 120 flights were canceled. Meanwhile, 26 people have perished from weather-related incidents, with 12 deaths already in the new year. According to Sky News, a few fatalities have been avalanche related. For example, last Friday two snowboarders died from a
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