Updated: June 15, 6:19 a.m. | Posted: June 13, 2 p.m.
The saga of the #mprraccoon was the summer blockbuster drama we didn't know we needed. And now the hashtag will soon become a tote bag.
Some channeled their hopes into creative masterpieces:
#mprraccoon fan art - the floof and I were glued to the live feeds last night. So glad she made it to the top! @timnelson_mpr @MPRnews @WCCO Thanks for keeping us posted on our little buddy last night! pic.twitter.com/huA2BghZXY— Summer Tuller (@yiddle) June 14, 2018
â¨ðâ¨ðâ¨ðâ¨ðâ¨ðâ¨ðâ¨ðIf you haven't heard, a raccoon in St Paul MN has scaled a 25 story building and is both incredibly brave and incredibly cute. It was found out that he in fact reached the roof this morning. I was inspired (an opportunity to create fluffy animals AND the recent flower sketch!) to create something so we never forget. So INTRODUCING a commemorative T-Shirt in black or white, and a grocery canvas bag. LINK IN BIO! You're directly supporting the artist from my shop so thank you for considering!!! ðâ¨ðâ¨ðâ¨ðâ¨ðâ¨ðâ¨ð#mprraccoon
• More artwork: How fans have immortalized the #mprraccoon
Star Tribune metro columnist Jennifer Brooks, whose homemade dumpster fire ornament went viral in 2016, admitted to staying awake all night making a felt raccoon and tower she then transformed into a mini-drama:
MPR employees were the first to realize what was happening, which led to the #mprraccoon hashtag.
And that tote bag is happening. Well, that not exact tote bag, but a tote bag.
In the middle of all the excitement Tuesday, Aesthetic Apparatus tweeted a design for a #mprraccoon tote bag. A day later, MPR announced you can get the tote, designed by Michael Byzewski, as a thank you gift after becoming an MPR member contributing $5 a month or after giving a one-time donation of $60.
And, two different T-shirts are on sale now on Public Media Market — with a portion of those sales going to The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, which supports injured and orphaned wildlife.
Minnesota Public Radio is rolling out #mprraccoon merch: Two T-shirts at https://t.co/rzOLnPK06q, with partial proceeds to Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and for members, of course, an #mprraccoon TOTE BAG! pic.twitter.com/g0AgHwIdoz— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 13, 2018
Meanwhile, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is now taking orders for — you guessed it — the #mprraccoon. But you'll have to wait to get your hands on it — it's not expected to ship until October.
She has arrived. The national @BobbleheadHall in Milwaukee now has an #mprraccoon bobblehead for pre-order, for delivery in October. Looks like it may even have a faux exposed aggregate base. https://t.co/urMbi7zTky pic.twitter.com/hGCGvILHDf— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 15, 2018
I was so happy to wake up to good news, I made this tribute! pic.twitter.com/prpEaPgFjU— Elana Bernstein (@smarties522) June 13, 2018
This determined lil raccoon really spoke to me n the etch-a-sketch today. pic.twitter.com/j2sqBO9GG8— tk (@teacake_le) June 13, 2018
MPR News digital producer Sara Porter contributed to this report.