Raccoon scales Minnesota office tower, gets stuck on ledge

Raccoon scales Minnesota office building; fire department trying to lure it down

A raccoon spotted in downtown St. Paul Tuesday morning scaled a building and went 20 stories up. On Tuesday, when building workers tried to coax it down, the little critter scurried over to the nearby UBS Plaza tower and climbed all the way to the 22nd floor, where he took a nap.

As of 11:30 a.m., the raccoon was 12 stories up the tower.

A raccoon scaling a Minnesota skyscraper may be the most popular thing on the internet right now and it's putting many people in a Marvel state of mind - complete with Rocket Raccoon jokes.

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

Looking like a smaller, hairier version of Spiderman, the raccoon was able to scale nearly the entire building, finally stopping to rest outside the Paige Donnelly Law Firm on the 23rd floor.

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

"We have seen him pace back and forth and sniff, but he hasn't moved", said attorney Sheila Donnelly-Coyne.

The windows of the UBS Tower don't open, so at this point animal control authorities hope it keeps going to the roof where it can be rescued in a live trap, according to WCCO.

Whatever fate awaits the wild creature, it's now achieved whatever level of fame that an animal hits when it gets multiple Twitter accounts.

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