Published: Wed, June 13, 2018

Raccoon scales skyscraper in Minnesota, takes nap on ledge 21 stories high

Raccoon scales skyscraper in Minnesota, takes nap on ledge 21 stories high

A raccoon spotted in downtown St. Paul Tuesday morning scaled a building and went 20 stories up.

The raccoon has now made its way 23 stories up the exterior of the UBS Financial Services building.

Many citizens posted on Twitter they were concerned for the raccoon's safety and were anxious it had not eaten since it started its journey.

A raccoon stretches itself on the 23rd floor of a tower in Minnesota, US.

On the street below, an onlooker thought "Wally" would make a good name for overly ambitious mammal, though Minnesota Public Radio employees - who work across the street - promptly created a hashtag "MPRracoon", which caught on.


But an hour later he had still not reached the top, but was taking some time to get camera-ready in light of his newfound fame.

"We don't want to scare him", Laurie Brickley, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Safety and Inspections, told the newspaper. Users posted photos of the raccoon's plight onto social media. A maintenance crew tried to offer it an escape route, but the creature - that likely hasn't had water or food for two days - fled to a second building and finally to the UBS skyscraper.

The adventure started on Monday when, according to one local reporter the raccoon got stranded, "likely on an errant mission to raid pigeon nests".

Until we have any further details, we'll just pray for a miracle.

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