Raccoon Climbs St. Paul Office Building, Captivates Locals

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

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 drama started after maintenance workers removed the creature from the roof of an office block in St. Paul, Minnesota. That's when it started climbing. Before long, a Twitter account for the climbing critter was created, and an Internet star was born.

The hashtag #mprraccoon began to trend, attracting celebrity followers.

With the city on tenterhooks over the fate of the likely exhausted animal, even St Paul's mayor, Melvin Carter had something to add.

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Just before 3:30 Central time, the raccoon climbed up another story, then settled for another rest on a window ledge.

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.

There is not a whole lot that St. Paul Animal Control can do because a rescue mission would be too unsafe for both the raccoon and the workers.

The raccoon, which scaled the UBS Tower in St. Paul, stopped along the way for a quick nap on a window ledge of the 23rd floor - more than 200 feet above the street, according to MPR News.

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