Raccoon finally caught after making it to top of St. Paul building


The raccoon started to climb the 20-plus story UBS Tower in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, on Tuesday, pulling a regular Tom Cruise with almost vertical climbing abilities.

Onlookers and reporters tracked the raccoon's progress Tuesday as it scaled the UBS Tower.

According to CBS News Minnesota, live traps have been set on the roof of the UBS building and rescuers are hoping to lure the celebrity raccoon to safety with food.

The raccoon, who was first noticed by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) journalist Tim Nelson (and was subsequently dubbed #MPRRaccoon), is believed to have found herself stuck on the ledge of a building in the city during a failed attempt to raid some pigeon nests.

By Tuesday afternoon, it was up to the 23rd floor.

On Tuesday, building maintenance workers were able to get the little guy to move, but he unfortunately took a more risky route, climbing UBS Tower next door.

Wildlife Management Services later posted a video of the raccoon - after some prompting - leaving a cage and scampering off into the trees in the St. Paul suburbs.

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MPR News has branded the courageous climbing coon #mprracoon. "We couldn't imagine how this would end well for him".

"I was talking to a wildlife expert yesterday who said there might be a dozen or two dozen of these raccoons in every square mile here in Minnesota - they're everywhere".

The raccoon also has its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying, "I made a big mistake". At 2:48 a.m. Wednesday, the #MPRraccoon successfully reached the roof of the UBS Tower, and entered a live trap to enjoy a delicious and well-deserved meal.

An extremely courageous (or extremely stupid) raccoon scaled a Minnesota building on Tuesday, shocking onlookers and sending Twitter into an anxious frenzy.

On Tuesday, maintenance workers were able to get the raccoon to move, but instead of coming down, it began climbing the UBS tower next door.

The internet was gripped by a daring raccoon that climbed a 23-storey skyscraper in Minnesota, USA.

"Raccoons don't think ahead very much, so raccoons don't have very good impulse control", she said, admitting she could barely sleep she was so anxious about the animal.