'MPR raccoon' scales UBS Tower in St. Paul

13 June, 2018, 14:34 | Author: Kim Reid
  • A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul Minn. on Tuesday

According to Minnesota Public Radio, the raccoon was first spotted on a small ledge of a nearby building, where it huddled all day and night.

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.

With no balconies or windows that open, office workers inside the building were left to watch anxiously as the raccoon continued its climb. He started climbing. And he's now on the 22nd floor.

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MPR reporter Tim Nelson tweeted a video of the raccoon "doing a little grooming" from the 23rd floor's ledge, "now that he's a social media star". By Wednesday morning it had made it to the roof of the building, easing fears that it would plummet to its death.

With the city on tenterhooks over the fate of the likely exhausted animal, even St Paul's mayor, Melvin Carter had something to add.

Meanwhile, someone who also is decidedly not the raccoon started a rival Twitter account.

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

A raccoon scaling a Minnesota skyscraper may be the most popular thing on the internet right now and it's putting many people in a Marvel state of mind - complete with Rocket Raccoon jokes.

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