Paul’s Skyscraper-Scaling Raccoon Captivates Internet

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St. Paul Animal Control put a trap and cat food on the roof, hoping to bring the raccoon down safely.

Tim Nelson, a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio, live-tweeted the climb, including the good news that the raccoon reached the roof Wednesday around 2:45 a.m. CT.

MPRraccoon - as the raccoon is now known on Twitter - captured widespread attention as people online followed its adventurous heroics when it climbed a 25-story building in St. Paul, Minn.

Right now in Minnesota, a humble raccoon has taken on a lofty challenge: it's scaling a skyscraper, and we're all really anxious about it.

Looking like a smaller, hairier version of Spiderman, the raccoon was able to scale nearly the entire building, finally stopping to rest outside the Paige Donnelly Law Firm on the 23rd floor. Were you even aware that there was a raccoon who spent the better part of Tuesday, and some of Wednesday, climbing to the top of a skyscraper in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota?

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Instead, the raccoon fled upward as onlookers watched from below and from inside the UBS building - taking photos like this one of its perilous journey. "Two workers in the building got out a couple of long planks - sort of making a kind of ladder for it".

This little guy had legions of social media users anxious for his safety after scaling the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn., but all is well.

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

Just before 3:30 Central time, the raccoon climbed up another story, then settled for another rest on a window ledge.