City watches, waits as raccoon gets stuck after scaling Minnesota building

Racoon Minnesota

Animal stuck on high-rise ledge becomes social media star

Were you anxious about the raccoon who spent the better part of Tuesday, and some of Wednesday, climbing to the top of a skyscraper in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota?

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

"One of my colleagues spotted the raccoon on, kind of the ground floor, sitting on a ledge on Monday - it looked like a brown lump, nearly like a cat sitting there", Frost told the BBC.

An extremely fearless (or extremely stupid) raccoon scaled a Minnesota building on Tuesday, shocking onlookers and sending Twitter into an anxious frenzy.

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

Onlookers and reporters tracked the raccoon's progress Tuesday as it scaled the UBS Tower.

There is not a whole lot that St. Paul Animal Control can do because a rescue mission would be too risky for both the raccoon and the workers.

"We've been getting calls and texts from all over the country and the world", St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter said at an impromptu press conference Wednesday morning.

Fears were growing for the raccoon's safety after almost 20 hours on the building without food or water.

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

Photos on social media showed the little dude, dubbed #MPRRacoon by Minnesota Public Radio, scaling past St. Paul office windows.

The daredevil raccoon became so popular that several Twitter accounts sprang up in her name, tweeting out status reports as events unfolded.

It seems the animal found itself on a ledge around the first floor early on Tuesday morning.

The drama started after maintenance workers removed the creature from the roof of an office block in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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