Like virtually everyone else with an internet connection, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn became enthralled by the actions of the raccoon that scaled the UBS building earlier this week in St. Paul, Minnesota. But the filmmaker, who may have a soft spot for raccoons, we a step further, and offered a charity donation for anyone who would rescue the animal.
The raccoon swiftly became an internet sensation as people inside and outside of UBS monitored the raccoon's progress. The creature scaled 23 floors, stopped for naps, and eventually made it to the roof of the building, but not before Gunn called for action into the evening using imagery from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 to inspire help and hope.
I'll donate a thousand bucks to the non political charity of choice to anyone who saves this raccoon. I can't handle this. Poor dude. https://t.co/2F5reAKkKa— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 12, 2018
Gunn clearly has a passion for raccoons, having bonded with Oreo, the raccoon who was the basis for what Rocket became. He also attended the 2014 London Guardians premiere with a real raccoon on his shoulder.
Twitter was also ablaze with Minnesota Public Radio's #MPRraccoon, with more than just Gunn concerned about the raccoon's fate, making references to Mission: Impossible and metaphors for 2018. As reported by CNN, animal control officers said the raccoon would have to save itself, so Gunn and the #MPRraccoon's followers didn't know what happened to the daring climber until the next morning. But never fear, Wildlife Management Services safely rescued the fearless creature.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is set to film next year and will release in 2020.