Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, internet goes wild

Late Tuesday night, the raccoon began to slowly descend to the seventeenth floor, according to an MPR reporter.

We'll explain. The saga started on Monday when the small, mottled brown raccoon was spotted stranded on a ledge of the two-story Town Square office building in downtown St. Paul.

For now, the 23rd-floor ledge ― almost the top of the building ― has become the raccoon's resting spot.

The woodland creature, branded by nearby Minnesota Public Radio as #mprraccoon, reached the summit just after 2am, Wednesday, local time.

As of Tuesday morning, it was 12 stories high, seen taking a nap outside a window.

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

The pint-sized daredevil climbed all the way up to the 23 story of an office building before being removed by building maintenance.

There is not a whole lot that St. Paul Animal Control can do because a rescue mission would be too risky for both the raccoon and the workers. "We're hoping it gets to the top so we can set a trap for it there".

Evan Frost, also of MPR News, tweeted the raccoon got a visit from the St. Paul Fire Department, and that cat food had been placed on the roof of the building.

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