Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

St Paul raccoon reaches roof, rescued after scaling downtown USA tower

St Paul raccoon reaches roof, rescued after scaling downtown USA tower

The raccoon started to climb the 20-plus story UBS Tower in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, on Tuesday, pulling a regular Tom Cruise with almost vertical climbing abilities.

Everyone wanted to see the raccoon make it to safety, but with a scared wild animal and windows that don't open, there wasn't much that could be done for the poor thing.

By lunchtime, Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson tweeted, the raccoon had climbed 12 stories up the UBS Tower - and things were getting stressful.

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

A daredevil raccoon became a social media phenomenon as she scaled a skyscraper in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday.

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It may have been a flawless combination of the right time and the right place-the raccoon was scaling a building across the street from media offices after all, so the images were newsworthy from almost every floor. "We couldn't imagine how this would end well for him".

The hashtag #mprraccoon was trending on Wednesday where fans anxiously watched developments of the raccoon's stunt. Animal-control officials said the raccoon would be trapped and helped when it reached the roof, reported the Washington Post.

By Tuesday afternoon, the raccoon had its own Twitter account, with its first tweet saying, "I made a big mistake". Wildlife Management Services provides animal control services for St. Paul.

The critter was spotted climbing up the corner of the UBS tower just before 3 a.m. Wednesday, presumably to find a stash of cat food and a live trap waiting to secure it on the building's roof.

"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", Evan Frost told the BBC in the early hours of Wednesday.

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