A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in the USA city of St Paul, Minnesota, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building.

It brought an end to a day of drama as people around the world anxious that the basketball-sized raccoon would lose its grip as it climbed or slip off a window ledge hundreds of feet above the light rail tracks running down Cedar Street in St. Paul.

The raccoon became stranded on the ledge of an office building a couple of days ago.

Internet-addicts among us may now have heard of #MPRraccoon, the creature seen climbing up the side of a 25-storey tower in St. Paul, Minnesota.

It moved to the neighbouring UBS Tower, and started climbing up, not down.

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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. As of just before 4:30 p.m., it was resting 23 stories up.

The little climber has even prompted a (presumably not raccoon-run) parody account on Twitter.

Late Tuesday night, the raccoon began to slowly descend to the seventeenth floor, according to an MPR reporter.

One lucky racoon in the U.S. has not only made it (to the top of a building, that is), but has also gained world-wide attention for its dare-devil antics.