Raccoon's 25-story skyscraper climb goes viral

Raccoon Scaling St. Paul Skyscraper Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

Raccoon's 25-story skyscraper climb goes viral

Wildlife Management Services workers put wet cat food and live traps on the roof of the building for the raccoon if it ever made it to the top.

A raccoon in the U.S. state of Minnesota entralled the country on Tuesday and Wednesday as it scaled a 24-story skyscraper in downtown St. Paul.

The MPR Raccoon, first found by Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson, was stuck on a ledge of a nearby building Monday.

The raccoon's adventures inspired a lot of commentary on social media, from concerns about its safety to jokes.

At the end of the day, MPR raccoon had spent almost 20 hours scaling the concrete building - alone, afraid and totally bereft of food and water. Nelson captured an up-close video of the raccoon "doing a little grooming" on the 23rd floor window ledge.

By Tuesday afternoon, the St. Paul Fire Department had paid a visit to the ledge-lounging raccoon.

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Then around 2 a.m. Wednesday, it started climbing again, moving from window to window, until it reached the corner of the UBS Building, then the roof at around 2:30 a.m.

The rescue attempt scared the raccoon from MPR's offices to the next door UBS skyscraper, where the ascent began.

For now, the 23rd-floor ledge ― almost the top of the building ― has become the raccoon's resting spot.

A raccoon stretches out on a windowsill high above downtown St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, June 12, 2018. "We're hoping he continues his climb", she said.

Not prepared to take a hint, it headed to the neighboring UBS tower - one of the tallest buildings in the city.

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