Small raccoon makes big climb up skyscraper in downtown St. Paul

Raccoon Scaling St. Paul Skyscraper Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

Adventurous raccoon climbs more than 20 floors up office building, pretends it's totally fine

Building maintenance got it off the ledge on Tuesday morning, but rather than heading down, the raccoon started scaling the building next door.

Animal control filled the roof with the aroma of food to encourage the raccoon to climb further upward.

"One of my colleagues spotted the raccoon on, kind of the ground floor, sitting on a ledge on Monday - it looked like a brown lump, nearly like a cat sitting there", MPR's Evan Frost told the BBC in the early hours of Wednesday. As night began to fall, the raccoon started to descend the building slowly, before moving literally around it, and then climbing up again.

You did just see the raccoon climb up to the roof, that happened early this morning. "A technician is on the way to pick it up and take it to be released in a safe place".

So a trap, filled with cat food, has been placed on the roof. The station says that after employee made an attempt to rescue the animal, it scrambled onto the 24-UBS Tower, a skyscraper nearby. Minnesota Public Radio, from a building less than a block away, branded the raccoon #mprraccoon.

As the animal made its way to the top, MPR reporters documented the climb.

At times, the animal's ascent looked death-defying.

By 6:30 p.m., the hashtag was Twitter's No. 1 trending topic and was also popular on Instagram.

The raccoon rested on various window ledges during its daring climb (resulting in some wonderful photos) and ultimately reached the building's roof this morning around 3 a.m. local time. After several hours, and hundreds of baited-breath Twitter inquiries, UBS's management tweeted a photo of the animal, and noted it was alive and well.

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