Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Raccoon scales high-rise in downtown St. Paul

Raccoon scales high-rise in downtown St. Paul

Raccoon captured on roof of UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minnesota after thousands follow animal's 23-story climb on social media.

Onlookers and reporters tracked the raccoon's progress as it climbed the UBS Tower on Tuesday, interrupting work and causing anxiety for some.

Minnesota Pubic Radio staffers managed to snag naming rights for the animal - inundating the Internet with the Twitter hashtag #MPRRaccoon, which promptly caught on.

Another named the raccoon Time's "Person of the Year" on Twitter after it became a trending topic.

Technicians took the caged raccoon down a freight elevator to a truck, according to Wildlife Management Services, which provides animal control services for St. Paul.

Officials said the raccoon, which was healthy if a bit bedraggled after climbing more than 24 stories, is now running free after being released in a residential neighborhood in the southwest Twin Cities metro city of Shakopee.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter spun its adventure as a positive for the city's tourism industry - proof that even a raccoon knew Minnesota's capital "is a great place to reach for higher heights".

The raccoon was originally stranded on a different nearby building Monday before escaping to a nearby roof and starting its unlikely ascent, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reports.

The animal appeared to start climbing down the building as nightfall arrived, but was soon spotted reversing course.

DeMers said the raccoon was in good condition and able to eat.

This item has been corrected to show the building is called UBS Plaza, not UBS Tower.

"It's nearly like your cat or dog climbed up a skyscraper, it's kinda the same thing", one onlooker said.

A raccoon who had the U.S. state of Minnesota on tenterhooks after it scaled an office building has been released back into the wild.

At one point, the raccoon held on for dear life before finding her way back to a ledge.

The windows on the 305-foot skyscraper do not open and window washers could not rescue the animal.

"This raccoon has to rescue itself", Nelson said.

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