Paul raccoon reaches roof after scaling downtown tower

Lester Mason
June 13, 2018

Animal Control, fearing for its health after two days without food and water, had left cat food on the roof in hopes of spurring the animal on to safety.

Tim Nelson, a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio, live-tweeted the climb, including the good news that the raccoon reached the roof Wednesday around 2:45 a.m. CT.

And after scrolling through some of the Twitter coverage, you can see why - it was perhaps the most compelling saga to unfold in the history of live action news.

"One of my colleagues spotted the raccoon on, kind of the ground floor, sitting on a ledge on Monday - it looked like a brown lump, nearly like a cat sitting there", MPR's Evan Frost told the BBC in the early hours of Wednesday.

At the end of the day, MPR raccoon had spent almost 20 hours scaling the concrete building - alone, afraid and totally bereft of food and water.


A raccoon rested on the window sill of a law firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn.

The raccoon will be released back into the wild. During a rescue attempt by three maintenance workers, the raccoon made a run for it and began scaling a second building, the office tower it now calls captor.

"Digging into tree bark is certainly a little bit easier than hard stone", Lueth said, "but there must've been enough cracks or crevices or textures where [MPR raccoon] could get a grip [on the building]".

At about 2:30 a.m. local time, a grainy live feed from St. Paul showed a shadowy little figure scurrying up and onto the top of a 25-story building, prompting an nearly audible sigh of relief from the internet.

A raccoon scaled a skyscraper in Minnesota, on Tuesday, managing to climb at least 20 storeys on UBS Tower as onlookers snapped photos from outside and within the structure.

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