Monday, 25 June, 2018

Free Climbing Raccoon Captures Hearts and Minds Scaling Minnesota Skyscraper

A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul Minn. on Tuesday A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul Minn. on Tuesday
Steven Clarke | 13 June, 2018, 12:32

With no balconies or windows that open, office workers inside the building were left to watch anxiously as the raccoon continued its climb.

As a raccoon scaled a St. Paul, Minn. skyscraper on Tuesday, social media got wind of it and cheered it on.

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

Many people followed the raccoon's adventures and half a dozen Twitter accounts purporting to represent the animal were launched.

Animal control personnel hoped to get the critter down from the building before it went any higher.

According to Minnesota Public Radio, the raccoon was first spotted on a small ledge of a nearby building, where it huddled all day and night.

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"We don't want to scare him", Laurie Brickley, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Safety and Inspections, told the newspaper.

It's the whole talk of MPR today (follow the #mprraccoon hashtag on social media, and find more coverage at MPR News), but I'm nearly afraid to watch.

The UBS Plaza building is 25 stories tall.

Until we have any further details, we'll just pray for a miracle.

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

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