Published: Wed, June 13, 2018

Paul raccoon reaches roof after death-defying climb up downtown tower

Paul raccoon reaches roof after death-defying climb up downtown tower

A staffer at the private firm said they were still arranging for a live release.

Then, the animal took a break on the window ledge on the 23rd storey.

Evan Frost and Tim Nelson, journalists with Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), documented the raccoon's nerve-wracking journey on Twitter.

The animal was first spotted on a ledge of the Town Square building in downtown St. Paul.

We certainly hope this all ends happily, but we can't say exactly when that will be.

A raccoon in Minnesota has become an unlikely social media star after scaling an office tower in the state's capital.


St Paul Animal Control have now placed a trap and some cat food on the roof, hoping to bring the raccoon down.

"After a delicious meal of soft cat food, #mprraccoon has been caught and will be picked up by Wildlife Management", the UBS Plaza tweeted.

"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. But overnight, the nocturnal mammal thwarted that plan by beginning to descend. As of just before 4:30 p.m., it was resting 23 stories up.

Of course, Twitter being Twitter, there's already an account for the MPRRaccoon with a sassy, liberal voice. "Goodbye friend!" the UBS tower tweeted on Wednesday.

Laurie Brickley, St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspection spokesperson confirmed traps are on the roof, ready for the raccoon.

A raccoon in the U.S. state of Minnesota entralled the country on Tuesday and Wednesday as it scaled a 24-story skyscraper in downtown St. Paul.

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