Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, internet goes wild

Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, internet goes wild

As a raccoon scaled a St. Paul, Minn. skyscraper on Tuesday, social media got wind of it and cheered it on.

The story was picked up by Minnesota Public Radio and the raccoon's saga - with the hashtag "mprraccoon" went viral.

The animal was first seen in a niche in the wall of the Town Square building on Monday.

A raccoon ended up in a most precarious place near the top of the UBS building.

As the USA slept, a small raccoon who first captured the attention of Minnesota, and then the world, did something remarkable.


About 2.30 a.m. a grainy live feed from the scene showed a shadowy figure scurrying up and over the top of a 25-story building, prompting an nearly audible sigh of relief from the internet. That's when it started climbing.

Paige Donnelly Law, which is also located in the UBS building, posted some close-up shots of the varmint, which the law firm said "seems to be doing well". By Wednesday morning it had made it to the roof of the building, easing fears that it would plummet to its death.

By Tuesday afternoon, it was up to the 23rd floor.

It's safe to assume at this point, the raccoon wants nothing more than to get safely home-and we're rooting for him all the way there.

There is a live trap on the roof of the building with some very aromatic cat food they hope will lure the raccoon to safety.

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