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At first, it looked so defeated: Its head buried between its front paws and its body curled up on a ledge 20 feet above a street in downtown St. Paul. But this was a raccoon, after all — part of a deceptive and unpredictable family of mammals whose panda-like looks lull humans into forgetting they can carry multiple diseases. Nonetheless, three maintenance workers shortly before noon on Tuesday thought they could rouse the raccoon from its stupor and offered it a ladder to climb down from the ledge. It was the start of a mesmerizing escape — captivating people in Minnesota and then nationwide on Twitter . The raccoon, clearly not ready to give up and not a fan of ladders, jolted from the ... Full story

13 June