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Raccoon makes habit out of scaling skyscrapers

A raccoon sits on a window sill of the UBS Plaza building in St. Paul Animal stuck on high-rise ledge becomes social media star
Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2018, 06:14

A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St Paul in the USA state of Minnesota was safely trapped early on Wednesday (Wednesday night NZ Time), and animal control officials were preparing to release it back into the wild.

"Raccoons don't think ahead very much, so raccoons don't have very good impulse control", she said, admitting she could barely sleep she was so anxious about the animal.

The saga of a raccoon that spent hours climbing the side of a 25-story Minnesota building culminated early Wednesday with the animal reaching the roof. Were you even aware that there was a raccoon who spent the better part of Tuesday, and some of Wednesday, climbing to the top of a skyscraper in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota?

The building bandit spent Tuesday going up and down the floors, often stopping to nap on the window ledges. It will be released "somewhere safe", wildlife management employees said.

The windows of the UBS Tower don't open, so at that point animal control authorities hoped it would keep going to the roof where it could be rescued in a live trap, according to WCCO.

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"Any other measures we think would endanger him". At 2:48 a.m. Wednesday, the #MPRraccoon successfully reached the roof of the UBS Tower, and entered a live trap to enjoy a delicious and well-deserved meal.

MPR reporter Tim Nelson tweeted a video of the raccoon "doing a little grooming" from the 23rd floor's ledge, "now that he's a social media star".

"Pray for #mprraccoon", one Twitter user said.

Laurie Brickley, spokeswoman for the St. Paul Animal Control Department, told BuzzFeed News all the attention might have spooked the raccoon, causing it to stand pat and not move from its spot. People were so invested in the journey of MPR Raccoon that many posted that they would not be able to go on if the animal were to drop to her untimely death.