A sighting of a raccoon scaling the side of a condominium on the ninth floor in Ocean Side, New Jersey, riveted onlookers below.
South Carolina resident Micha Rea was strolling along the boardwalk with friends when he noticed the furry daredevil. He immediately took out his smartphone to capture the moment.
In the video, Rea pans from the critter holding on for its life to a shot of the gathering crowd. A woman exclaims, "Oh, my word," as others gasp.
Animal control personnel were among the spectators, according to Fox 29.
DAREDEVIL RACCOON: Incredible video shows a raccoon climbing roughly nine stories up a building off the Ocean City… https://t.co/7XyEPKGLV5— FOX 29 (@FOX 29)1537552054.0
Rea managed to pan back over to the critter just as it sprang off the building, splaying out its limbs like a squirrel in flight.
The crowed gasped again as the airborne raccoon fell nine stories, passing a resident trying to rescue it from the balcony, and landed with an audible thud onto the sand below. The accidental acrobat recovered within seconds and scampered off.
Much to everyone's relief, the fall did not appear to harm the raccoon.
I am choosing to believe this raccoon is totally fine. https://t.co/gjErAlWzkF— 🦝 Kurt Kohlstedt 🦝 (@🦝 Kurt Kohlstedt 🦝)1537564827.0
People provided scientific explanations for the raccoon's seemingly miraculous recovery.
@KurtKohlstedt That fall generated 35 psi of force, and it usually just takes 4 to 5 psi to brake a human bone. But… https://t.co/u88J7iyTxM— Barce (@Barce)1537632970.0
@LazaroR55759820 @KurtKohlstedt Hi Lazaro, the raccoon on the building in America, with the beach underneath, w luc… https://t.co/JW5QOMIBrT— VickyPearson (@VickyPearson)1537615969.0
@mike_tung @FOX29philly The terminal velocity of a raccoon is much less than that of a human, raccoon will be fine.— WiseOwlSays (@WiseOwlSays)1537591243.0
@FOX29philly Racoon was very smart, it spread his body out causing drag, if you freeze it right before it lands, it… https://t.co/4pT2A0N2LE— Joseph Jaynes (@Joseph Jaynes)1537559945.0
@FallenHero32 @FOX29philly Its all in the tail man, that fellows tail is huge. Its like a balloon. Unfortunately we humans aint got tails.— Chaos_Jockey (@Chaos_Jockey)1537621956.0
Explanations aside, the raccoon is still a badass.
@KurtKohlstedt "This racoon must be the illiegtimate child of Rocky and Bullwinkle." (Please ignore any misspellings)— Barkeromo@ (@Barkeromo@)1537690430.0
An impressed viewer came up with a name for the death-defying critter.
@FOX29philly crash panda!!!— Michael Tung (@Michael Tung)1537558931.0
People wondered why the raccoon would climb so high up the building in the first place.
@KurtKohlstedt His house got evicted at #SeniorWeek— Full time student ❤️school (@Full time student ❤️school)1537594482.0
@FOX29philly on a different note, should we be worried about what's making the raccoons scale up buildings to begin with?— Amie Ryan 💌 (@Amie Ryan 💌)1537588907.0
A user responded that the critters are known for their climbing prowess, though not generally on manmade structures.
@AisforAmie @FOX29philly raccoons have a natural instinct to climb! while it isnt normal to climb buildings like… https://t.co/8pMiJA8UrW— cass ♥ (@cass ♥)1537589331.0
Another asked about the significance of the raccoon's daring ascent in broad daylight.
@c022idy @AisforAmie @FOX29philly is it normal for them to do this stuff in daylight? my mom always said if you see… https://t.co/ZxDcoWPZDE— marissa hart (@marissa hart)1537590981.0
@Temptress97 @AisforAmie @FOX29philly it really depends; sometimes raccoons can be out during the day if they are r… https://t.co/VHbvfaJoeK— cass ♥ (@cass ♥)1537591441.0
@sveendk @Temptress97 @c022idy @AisforAmie @FOX29philly Raccoons aren’t completely nocturnal. So them being out dur… https://t.co/knX1sx8cxy— Joshua Lawson (@Joshua Lawson)1537619414.0
The stunt didn't end fatally, and crowd erupted in applause as the raccoon made its exit from the scene. Just another exciting day at the Ocean City boardwalk!