You Can Do It! Skyscraper-Climbing US Raccoon Transfixes Twitter


THE raccoon that stopped the world has completed its breathtaking climb to the top of an office building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The nimble little fella climbed 23 floors - about 60m - up the UBS Tower in Saint Paul, panicking thousands of onlookers who were following the situation on Twitter. Building maintenance got it off the ledge on Tuesday morning, but rather than heading down, the raccoon started scaling the building next door.

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #MPRraccoon, and it was soon trending on Twitter. When workers from the building tried to get the critter down, it began climbing several stories higher.

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The windows of the UBS Tower don't open, so at this point animal control authorities hope it keeps going to the roof where it can be rescued in a live trap, according to WCCO.

"We don't want to scare him", Laurie Brickley, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Safety and Inspections, told the newspaper. CBS Minnesota reports a live trap has been set on the roof, with cat food to lure the raccoon. Users posted photos of the raccoon's plight onto social media.

The woodland creature also had its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying, 'I made a big mistake'.