Raccoon scales Minnesota office tower, leaving public in suspense

Raccoon Scaling St. Paul Skyscraper Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

Raccoon Scaling St. Paul Skyscraper Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

"After a delicious meal of soft cat food, #mprraccoon has been caught and will be picked up by Wildlife Management", the UBS Plaza tweeted. Workers in the office building, whose windows are sealed shut, anxious as the critter scuttled past their offices and rested on window ledges.

A raccoon reached the top of a 25-story St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper early on Wednesday after becoming a star on the web, where it captured the hearts of followers across the United States and around the globe.

He was stranded on the ledge of the Town Square office building for two days without food or water before he began his King Kong-style skyscraper scale, with building management helping him out of his initial predicament.

Officials said the raccoon, which was healthy if a bit bedraggled after climbing more than 24 stories, is now running free after being released in a residential neighborhood in the southwest Twin Cities metro city of Shakopee.

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Late Tuesday night, the raccoon began to slowly descend to the seventeenth floor, according to an MPR reporter.

A raccoon stretches out on a windowsill high above downtown St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

"If they rescue it would be a good news story and we all kind of need that", another bystander said.

By 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, the raccoon did make it onto the roof of the UBS Tower.

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The mammal was spotted by Tim Nelson, a Minnesota Public Radio reporter, who has been relentlessly tweeting about the progress in the raccoon's movements.

The animal has become an unlikely hero for many on Twitter - with users dubbing his unlikely success an inspiration.

The raccoon sits on the ledge of an office window. It napped for several hours on the window ledge before moving up and on, this time scaling to the 23rd floor - the last remaining floor with windows, or ledges.

MPR News has branded the courageous climbing coon #mprracoon.

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