Paul raccoon safely trapped on tower roof

Paul raccoon safely trapped on tower roof

"We're hoping the raccoon goes to the top of the building so we can help it out of its predicament", a spokesperson for the St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspection said, according to WCCO.

Initial speculation was that the raccoon climbed to a lower part of the building, frequented by pigeons, in search of bird eggs.

A raccoon stretched out on a windowsill high above downtown St. Paul, Minn.

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon.

NPR reports the raccoon was first spotted on Monday, when it was only two floors up on the outside of the Town Square building. That's when it started climbing.

A crew from Wildlife Management Services of Brooklyn Park released the 1-year-old female raccoon around 1 p.m. Wednesday at a random location.

Due to the building's sealed windows, rescue efforts have been futile - animal-control authorities are hoping it will reach the roof where it will be trapped.

Onlookers, reporters and social media users fretted about the welfare of the critter as it climbed the UBS Tower on Tuesday. At 2:48 a.m. Wednesday, the #MPRraccoon successfully reached the roof of the UBS Tower, and entered a live trap to enjoy a delicious and well-deserved meal.

It didn't take long for reporters, Twitter, and the city of St. Paul to rally behind the creature.

As of Tuesday morning, it was 12 stories high, seen taking a nap outside a window.

The raccoon's adventures caused a stir on social media, with many on Twitter concerned about the safety of the animal or joking about the drama surrounding the daring crawl to the top.

"I made a big mistake", said an afternoon post on a Twitter account created for the raccoon before it climbed down a few floors later in the day.

As night descended on St. Paul, the raccoon appeared to start climbing down, before reversing course.

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