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Twitter gripped by adventurous racoon
A racoon became an internet sensation after scaling a 20+ floor skyscraper.
Animal goes viral after climbing a Minnesota skyscraper

Twitter users were gripped yesterday (13 June) by an unlikely critter that found himself scaling the wall of a skyscraper.

US news and media outlets followed a brave racoon as he climbed the 20+ storey high UBS Plaza in St Paul, Minnesota. But halfway up he found himself stranded without any food and water.

Tweets flooded in from across the world, cheering the racoon along and hailing it a ‘hero’. Thankfully, the animal made its way to the top and was rescued by animal welfare.

Initial reports of the racoon emerged on Tuesday morning when it was just a few stories high. The world followed its journey using the hashtag #MPRracoon after the radio station documenting its journey.

Journalists Evan Frost and Tim Nelson from Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) told the BBC that an initial rescue attempt had been made by two workers. Using wooden planks, the workers tried to make a ladder, but this just scared the animal further up the building.

"It was heartbreaking to see yesterday," Tim Nelson told the BBC. "We couldn't imagine how this would end well for him".

Racoons are common throughout the United States and can be found in forests, marshes, prairies and cites. Like humans, they have five fingers and can use their hands as tools to gather food and break into rubbish bins.


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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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British sheep meat to be exported to India in new agreement

The UK government has secured a new export deal of sheep meat to India.

In 2017, UK sheep meat exports were worth £386 million. This new agreement is predicted to increase this value by £6 million over the next five years.

With a range of meat cuts due to be exported, the deal is seen by international trade secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, as “another vote of confidence in our world-leading food and drink”.