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Raccoon scales high-rise in downtown St. Paul

Racoon Minnesota Raccoon scales high-rise in downtown St. Paul
Sherri Watson | 14 June, 2018, 03:23

It all began on Monday (June 12), when the racoon was stranded on the Town Square office building.

According to the Associated Press, the raccoon safely reached the roof of the building Wednesday morning.

Just before 4:30 p.m., the raccoon was seen resting on the 23rd floor.

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.

The raccoon's adventures caused a stir on social media, with many on Twitter concerned about the safety of the animal or joking about the drama surrounding the daring crawl to the top.

By Tuesday afternoon, the St. Paul Fire Department had paid a visit to the ledge-lounging raccoon.

As the animal reached the roof of a 23-storey building in Minnesota, those tracking the hashtag #MPRraccoon on Twitter let out a collective sigh of relief. "We couldn't imagine how this would end well for him".

"The best option is leaving it alone and hoping it will make it to the top in the evening", she said.

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

The woodland creature also soon had its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying, "I made a big mistake".

Nicknamed the #MPRraccoon after a local radio station, the animal drew small crowds and a lot of online support.

It seems the animal found itself on a ledge around the first floor early on Tuesday morning.

Onlookers began to gather on the streets below as calls were placed to Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota and the city of St. Paul's animal control to plead for help.