Internet on edge as daredevil raccoon scales Minnesota skyscraper

Raccoon Scaling St. Paul Skyscraper Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in the USA city of St Paul, Minnesota, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building. Building maintenance was able to get the raccoon to step back from that ledge but instead of safely heading down to the ground, it instead escaped up, scaling some 20 stories on the nearby UBS tower.

Raccoons are not typically known for their bravery, but one is scaling the UBS tower in Minnesota with death-defying nerve. Around 12:30 p.m., Pioneer Press reporter Tad Vezner captured a couple of shots of the raccoon apparently taking a nap on the other side of the window.

A raccoon is finding itself in deeper and deeper - er, higher and higher - trouble as it climbs downtown St. Paul's UBS Tower.

There is a live trap on the roof of the building with some very aromatic cat food they hope will lure the raccoon to safety.

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A Minnesota radio station branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon.

For now, the 23rd-floor ledge ― almost the top of the building ― has become the raccoon's resting spot. "We didn't see it and thought, 'It went away - that's great!'" Laurie Brickley told the publication.

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

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