Tower-climbing raccoon reaches roof as onlookers breathe a sigh of relief

Jun 13, 2018, 18:26
Tower-climbing raccoon reaches roof as onlookers breathe a sigh of relief

A raccoon spotted in Minnesota Tuesday morning scaled a building and is now 20 stories up.

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

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

The raccoon, who was dubbed #mprraccoon, was finally captured after trappers lured it with food on top of the UBS Building in St. Paul.

At about 10:30 p.m., the raccoon began to descend from the 23rd floor, making it to the 17th floor about 15 minutes later. Perhaps the little rascal knows exactly what it's doing after all.

The raccoon has gotten Twitter so excited that someone has even started an account on the critter's behalf: "The St. Paul Raccoon".

The raccoon's ascent also drew the attention of national news outlets, including CBS News, BuzzFeed, the Washington Post, Fox News and the Los Angeles Times.

Live traps were filled with aromatic food and placed on the roof of the building but, aside from that, the creature was on its own.

That obviously didn't work, as raccoons apparently tend to climb when they get scared. "We didn't see it and thought, it went away - that's great!" On a window ledge on the 22nd floor, it paused to rest.

"If they rescue it would be a good news story and we all kind of need that", a man told Minnesota Public Radio.

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