Sorry cats, but when it comes to climbing tall buildings, you’ve got nothing compared to raccoons.
In Ocean City, New Jersey Friday, a raccoon was spotted a jaw-dropping nine stories up a building. The raccoon proceeded to leap off the building, hit the soft sand with its little raccoon feet, and scamper away.
Watch this little acrobat in action:
DAREDEVIL RACCOON: Incredible video shows a raccoon climbing roughly nine stories up a building off the Ocean City Boardwalk. It then appears to turn around and jump from the building, spiraling toward the ground. Then it gets up and walks away…
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) September 21, 2018
Twitter reacted with shock — and explanations:
raccoons have a natural instinct to climb! while it isnt normal to climb buildings like this, they will climb things like trees too. sometimes they use trees as shelter, so maybe they are trying to find the same purpose with these buildings
— cass ♥ (@c022idy) September 22, 2018
Raccoons aren’t completely nocturnal. So them being out during the day is fairly normal…buuut they’re usually just looking for food or something…this one seemed to be scaling a building for no reason so lol
— Joshua Lawson (@theswagsauceguy) September 22, 2018
Racoon was very smart, it spread his body out causing drag, if you freeze it right before it lands, it puts all 4 feet down and muscles were ready to dampen fall. Similar to cats, neither animals terminal velocity is anywhere near as high as a human and can survive high falls.
— Joseph Jaynes (@FallenHero32) September 21, 2018
This isn’t the first time a raccoon has been spotted climbing a tall building. In June, a raccoon climbed to the top of a 25-story skyscraper. It was then captured and released safely into the wild.
Where I’m from, raccoons were known for digging into the good trash at McDonald’s and giving kids rabies. I’m so glad people get to see the other, better, braver side of raccoons.