A raccoon is finding itself in deeper and deeper - er, higher and higher - trouble as it climbs downtown St. Paul's UBS Tower. 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. The raccoon was safely lured into a cat food-baited trap and taken off the building.
The adventure-turned-internet-sensation started when MPR reporters saw the raccoon trapped on an overhang near the bottom of a building near their office.
An extremely courageous (or extremely stupid) raccoon scaled a Minnesota building on Tuesday, shocking onlookers and sending Twitter into an anxious frenzy.
The raccoon has gained a social media following around the country, as people hope the little creature makes it to the top of the building.
Onlookers and reporters tracked the raccoon's progress as it climbed the UBS Tower on Tuesday, interrupting work and causing anxiety for some.
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The little animal was trending under #MPRraccoon on Twitter after the MPR radio station opposite the high-rise for much of Tuesday.
Laurie Brickley, St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspection spokesperson, confirmed Tuesday evening that traps were set on the roof. "We couldn't imagine how this would end well for him".
It wasn't until about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday the raccoon had successfully reached the top of the building.
By late Tuesday morning, the critter was spotted a few stories up on a window ledge, its brownish body just a smudge on the building's concrete and mottled stone exterior.
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