Raccoon scales high-rise in downtown St. Paul

Frederick Owens
June 13, 2018

Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter's progress as it scaled the 25-storey UBS Tower.

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. That's when it started climbing.

It all began on Monday (June 12), when the racoon was stranded on the Town Square office building.

People encouraged the raccoon to "hang in there".

The city's mayor, Melvin Carter, assured raccoon-watchers help was on the way.

"We've been told that the building has live traps on the roof and are trying to get him to go up there", Paige Donnelly Law wrote.

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"Even wild animals know @cityofsaintpaul is a great place to reach for higher heights", he tweeted. "I made a big mistake", they posted.

The Twitter account says the little creature was heading back down the building before settling in for a nap.

Dubbed #mprraccoon by Minnesota Public Radio, the animal was first spotted Tuesday morning just a few stories off the ground - then it started to climb.

Many expressed concern for the raccoon's safety - wondering aloud about possible rescue scenarios.

This article was updated to reflect the lack of information on the raccoon's situation following its ascension to the roof.

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