Daredevil Raccoon That Scaled Minnesota Skyscraper Becomes Internet Sensation


The raccoon was caught on video reaching the roof of the UBS Tower, where city animal control had placed live traps, about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A raccoon rested on the window sill of a law firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn.

Laurie Brickley, St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspection spokesperson confirmed traps are on the roof, ready for the raccoon. Minnesota Public Radio has dubbed the animal #mprraccoon, while the local Fox affiliate briefly set up a live view of its perch on Periscope.

Fears were growing for the raccoon's safety after almost 20 hours on the building without food or water.

The raccoon became stranded on a ledge of the Town Square office building earlier, according to Nelson of MPR News.

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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.

Photos show the animal plastered to the side of the building while many office workers shared photos from inside the UBS Tower, showing the animal's progress.

The fuzzy critter hopped to the roof of that building before scurrying over to the UBS Building to make its climb.

The animal was later released on private property near the Twin Cities suburb of Shakopee.

The MPR Raccoon, first found by Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson, was stuck on a ledge of a nearby building Monday. Workers in the office building, whose windows are sealed shut, anxious as the critter scuttled past their offices and rested on window ledges.

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It's safe to assume at this point, the raccoon wants nothing more than to get safely home-and we're rooting for him all the way there. "It was behaving like a lot of raccoons do", he said.

"Raccoons are very good climbers", he told Inside Edition.

The building's windows don't open, so assistance won't be easy.

So it did what raccoons do when they are stressed - and climbed.

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