Raccoon's 25-story skyscraper climb goes viral

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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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