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

Doris Richards
June 13, 2018

A raccoon's journey up the side of a St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper Tuesday caught the interest of nervous onlookers and may others on social media.

Instead, it hopped over to the UBS building next door, and began climbing.

Late Tuesday morning, June 12, maintenance employees of St. Paul's Town Square building tried to tempt the raccoon down with a long pole, but the critter was having none of it.

Eventually, the raccoon settled into a nook next to a window about 20 stories up.

A Minnesota radio station branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon.

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. We've been told that the building has live traps on the roof and are trying to get him to go up there.

When building workers attempted to nab the raccoon from the ledge, it scurried over to UBS Plaza.

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

If the raccoon does make it to the top of the tower, the city's department of safety inspections plans to set a trap for it, so they can safely take return it to ground level. The woodland creature also had its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying, "I made a big mistake".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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