Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, internet goes wild

13 Juin, 2018, 12:32 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

A raccoon is finding itself in deeper and deeper - er, higher and higher - trouble as it climbs downtown St. Paul's UBS Tower. CBS Minnesota reports a live trap has been set on the roof, with cat food to lure the raccoon.

Paige Donnelly Law, which is also located in the UBS building, posted some close-up shots of the varmint, which the law firm said "seems to be doing well". He started climbing. And he's now on the 22nd floor.

People noticed, and before long it had its own Twitter account.

The hashtag #mprraccoon was going off.

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

Amid hundreds of photos and retweets from fascinated and frightened pedestrians, the raccoon finally came to a stop on the ledge of a swanky 22nd floor office - just one floor below the top.

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

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

In the end, there was no need.

Animal control personnel hoped to get the critter down from the building before it went any higher.

Time will tell if they've worked.

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