Although it has its bad points, overall the internet is a marvellous invention, allowing us a breadth of knowledge and global communication that our ancestors could only have dreamed of.

And then you have days where thousands of people are glued to the fortunes of a raccoon that is stranded on the side of a building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The little creature had climbed onto a ledge and somehow couldn't get back down, with Tim Nelson from Minnesota Public Radio News reporting that it had been there for two days without food or water. Then - to people's amazement - the racoon began climbing.... the wrong way.

Instead of coming down, it continued to climb UP the side of the UBS Building, steadily rising floor by floor, resting on ledges 20 floors up and with no way for people to rescue it, considering the windows of the building did not open.

Needless to say, people were GLUED to the wee daredevil's adventures - which are ongoing, although it began to descend in the early hours of the morning.

The latest update is that he (or she) is now ON THE ROOF, so hopefully he will be captured and kept safe... with a kick-ass story to tell their raccoon pals.