Raccoon scales US tower, captivating public

A raccoon's journey up the side of a St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper Tuesday caught the interest of nervous onlookers and may others on social media.

The furry critter's ascent up the UBS Tower, as it clung only to the building's rough exterior more than 20 stories above the ground, started to stress people out on Twitter.

MPR News, the local public radio station, helped break the story and since then the world has been following the plight of the raccoon on the hashtag #MPRraccoon.

The raccoon was originally spotted on the roof of a nearby office block and was safely removed by maintenance workers.

Looking like a smaller, hairier version of Spiderman, the raccoon was able to scale nearly the entire building, finally stopping to rest outside the Paige Donnelly Law Firm on the 23rd floor.

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A raccoon is finding itself in deeper and deeper - er, higher and higher - trouble as it climbs downtown St. Paul's UBS Tower.

A spokeswoman for the city's Department of Safety and Inspections, which oversees animal control, told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press that they planned to set a trap with food at the top of the building.

"We have seen him pace back and forth and sniff, but he hasn't moved", said attorney Sheila Donnelly-Coyne.

Whatever fate awaits the wild creature, it's now achieved whatever level of fame that an animal hits when it gets multiple Twitter accounts.

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