Where Is Minneapolis Raccoon Now? The Little Climber Has Been Safely Captured

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Where Is Minneapolis Raccoon Now? The Little Climber Has Been Safely Captured

This all started at about 11 a.m. Tuesday when Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson noticed the fuzzy friend trapped on an overhang near the bottom of the UBS Building in downtown St. Paul. I never knew raccoon could scale a building!'

The racoon eventually stopped for a nap on a window ledge on the 22nd floor, Twin Cities Pioneer Press reported.

The raccoon reached as high as the 23rd floor before night fell.

The windows of the UBS Tower don't open, so at that point animal control authorities hoped it would keep going to the roof where it could be rescued in a live trap, according to WCCO.

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

"It's nearly like your cat or dog climbed up a skyscraper, it's kinda the same thing", one onlooker said. "We couldn't imagine how this would end well for him".

Around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, the raccoon did make it onto the roof of the UBS Tower.

Many feared for the raccoon's safety, with more than 4,500 watching a live-stream of its climb to the top.

According to mprnews.com, people also gathered on the street Tuesday to watch the raccoon and the efforts to help it.

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio, which followed its climb, branded it #mprraccoon. Before long, a Twitter account for the climbing critter was created, and an Internet star was born.

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

Meanwhile, tensions were reaching such great heights of their own that a local Good Samaritan roughly two dozen stories below the raccoon even - rather ambitiously - offered to catch the little one.

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