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Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Stranded raccoon scales office tower in downtown St. Paul

Stranded raccoon scales office tower in downtown St. Paul

CBS Minnesota reports a live trap has been set on the roof, with cat food to lure the raccoon. The mammal was spotted by Tim Nelson, a Minnesota Public Radio reporter, who has been relentlessly tweeting about the progress in the raccoon's movements.

Earlier today, a few maintenance workers tried to improvise a way for the animal to climb down from the building, but instead, the raccoon fled to the nearby UBS tower and began climbing upward.

She eventually rescued herself on Tuesday only to begin scaling the downtown UBS Tower, which is more than 20 stories tall.

A Minnesota raccoon is the latest social media star after the creature embarked on a perilous journey to the roof of a St. Paul skyscraper.

Laurie Brickley, spokeswoman for the St. Paul Animal Control Department, told BuzzFeed News all the attention might have spooked the raccoon, causing it to stand pat and not move from its spot.

The raccoon scaled the UBS Financial Services building on Cedar Street before taking a break to rest on a windowsill. Local reporters at Minnesota Public Radio dubbed it the #MPRraccoon, and many people went to bed last night unsure of the little critter's fate. It will be released "somewhere safe", wildlife management employees said.

Another added: 'THE RACCOON MADE IT!'

For hours on Tuesday, Twitter users followed the exploits of the daredevil free-climbing raccoon.

But she changed her mind and climbed the building again.

"I have a 7 am work flight to catch but obviously if the raccoon isn't rescued by then, I'll just get another job", tweeted U.S. comedian Matt Ritter. It safely climbed down on its own.

Mr Jenni said the outpouring of concern online was encouraging but he noted it is often best to leave wild animals alone.

"The narrative that developed was this raccoon was stranded and needed rescuing".

"Raccoons don't think ahead very much, so raccoons don't have very good impulse control", Valdivia said.

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