Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Raccoon scales Minnesota office tower, leaving public in suspense

A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul Minn. on Tuesday A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul Minn. on Tuesday
Sammy Stanley | 13 June, 2018, 14:38

On Tuesday, a brown raccoon in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, climbed more than 20 stories up the side of the UBS Plaza, causing waves of anxiety across the nation.

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #MPRraccoon, and it was soon trending on Twitter.

The critter was first spotted at the Town Square building, huddled in a nook above the sidewalk.

The raccoon became stranded on the ledge of an office building a couple of days ago.

MPR reporter Tim Nelson tweeted a video of the raccoon "doing a little grooming" from the 23rd floor's ledge, "now that he's a social media star".

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About 2.30 a.m. a grainy live feed from the scene showed a shadowy figure scurrying up and over the top of a 25-story building, prompting an nearly audible sigh of relief from the internet.

Paige Donnelly Law, which is also located in the UBS building, posted some close-up shots of the varmint, which the law firm said "seems to be doing well". He started climbing. And he's now on the 22nd floor.

"Any other measures we think would endanger him".

"You can do it, Rocket!" they say at one point, a reference many were using to the character of Rocket Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. St. Paul Animal Control put a trap and cat food on the roof, hoping to bring the raccoon down safely.

The little climber has even prompted a (presumably not raccoon-run) parody account on Twitter.

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