Raccoon scales office tower, captivating public

Raccoon Scaling St. Paul Skyscraper Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

Raccoon scales skyscraper in Minnesota

When workers from the building tried to get the critter down, it began climbing several stories higher.

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.

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Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon, which became the top trend on Twitter.

A raccoon stretches itself on the 23rd floor of a tower in Minnesota, US.

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"We're hoping the raccoon goes to the top of the building so we can help it out of its predicament", a spokesperson for the St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspection said, according to WCCO. Building maintenance was able to get the raccoon to step back from that ledge but instead of safely heading down to the ground, it instead escaped up, scaling some 20 stories on the nearby UBS tower. He started climbing. And he's now on the 22nd floor.

Its travails captivated social media users.

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About 2.30 a.m. a grainy live feed from the scene showed a shadowy figure scurrying up and over the top of a 25-story building, prompting an nearly audible sigh of relief from the internet. The woodland creature also had its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying, "I made a big mistake".

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