U.S. raccoon scales Minnesota skyscaper, captivates nation

Animal stuck on high-rise ledge becomes social media star

Historical meetings between world leaders be damned.

As millions across the U.S. slept, a small raccoon who first captured the attention of Minnesota, and then the world, did something remarkable.

St Paul Animal Control believed it may have been there all night before it started heading skyward.

Meanwhile, tensions were reaching such great heights of their own that a local Good Samaritan roughly two dozen stories below the raccoon even - rather ambitiously - offered to catch the little one.

It was dubbed the #MPRraccoon because Minnesota Public Radio, whose offices are in a nearby building, documented the animal's long, unusual trip.

One Twitter post said that the celebrity raccoon has succeeded in uniting the country the way no politician could.

Dubbed the #mprraccoon on Twitter, the raccoon drew thousands of breathless observers as it scampered, scaled and explored its unlikely high-rise habitat. This time: a wayward raccoon climbing an office tower in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to WCCO, the raccoon began a descent at around 11:30pm ET, "making it to the 14th floor about 15 minutes later".

Another added: 'THE RACCOON MADE IT!' But this fellow did not look terribly happy to be at these concrete heights.

As it ascended, well-wishers gathered on the sidewalk below to take photos and root for its safety.

Opening the window to let the animal in seemed to be the solution, but the windows of the building are sealed shut, media reported.

In the meantime, officials with the city's animal services department decided that a live trap on the roof, baited with food, would be best.

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