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'MPR raccoon' scales UBS Tower in St. Paul

'MPR raccoon' scales UBS Tower in St. Paul

A raccoon stranded on the ledge of an office building in St. Paul, Minnesota, is captivating the world after it started scaling the skyscraper.

Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon, which became the top trend on Twitter.

By Tuesday afternoon, the St. Paul Fire Department had paid a visit to the ledge-lounging raccoon. "The raccoon!" And I thought, "Well, is there a raccoon in the building?" No. At one point, a small crowd had gathered on the street to see what would happen next.

Nelson reported that local animal control had placed live traps on the roof of the building hoping to snare and save the animal if he makes it to the top.

As the U.S. slept, a small raccoon who first captured the attention of Minnesota, and then the world, did something remarkable.




On Tuesday, building maintenance workers were able to get the poor little guy to move, but he unfortunately took a more risky route, climbing UBS Tower next door.

It appeared, by about 1:30 p.m. local time, he had almost reached the top of the building.

Naturally, someone who is decidedly not the raccoon has started a Twitter account on the critter's behalf. However, the raccoon seemed to have deemed it time for some rest around the 23rd floor.

There's a trap set on the roof, but so far, it's not known if the raccoon has been captured.


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