Raccoon captivates internet with Minnesota skyscraper climb - KVOA | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona

Nichole VegaJun 14, 2018

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.

Minnesota Public Radio, from a building less than a block away, branded the raccoon #mprraccoon.

The raccoon was first spotted on a ledge Tuesday morning.

There wasn't much St Paul Animal Control could do because a rescue mission would be too unsafe for both the raccoon and the workers.

Amid thousands of inaudible internet sighs, the raccoon who reached wonderful heights in downtown St. Paul got a well-earned rest Wednesday morning. "We were all anxious about him", Sheila Donnelly-Coyne, an attorney who works on the 23rd floor of the UBS building, told NPR.

Atop the building animal control officers put pungent cat food in traps, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported.

People across the nation are hoping for a safe ending for the #MPRraccoon, who has become a sensation as he began to climb higher and higher on UBS Tower in downtown St. Paul. The raccoon was safely lured into a cat food-baited trap and taken off the building.

It moved to the neighbouring UBS Tower, and started climbing up, not down. On a window ledge on the 22nd floor, it paused to rest.

The raccoon is now about 20 stories up.

The incident even prompted James Gunn, director of the film Guardians of the Galaxy (which features a heroic racoon as one of its main characters) to offer US$1,000 to anyone who would rescue the critter.

"And we'll hope animals do what animals do", said Department of Safety and Inspections spokeswoman Laurie Brickley.

A raccoon scaling a Minnesota skyscraper may be the most popular thing on the internet right now and it's putting many people in a Marvel state of mind - complete with Rocket Raccoon jokes.

Much to the relief of the creature's legion of fans, she was later rescued by Wildlife Management.

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