June 13, 2018 01:31 PM
A raccoon climbing a skyscraper in downtown St. Paul has captured the internet's attention Tuesday.
The raccoon scaled the UBS Financial Services building on Cedar Street before taking a break to rest on a windowsill. By Tuesday afternoon, it had stopped on a ledge more than 20 stories high.
Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson started off a social media firestorm when he first tweeted about the raccoon Tuesday morning with #mprraccoon.
Even wild animals know @cityofsaintpaul is a great place to reach for higher heights. We’re working with staff & building owner to find a way to help #MPRraccoon without further endangering it or staff by scaring or making it feel threatened.— Mayor Melvin Carter (@MayorCarter_) June 12, 2018
Someone even started a Twitter account for the raccoon at @TheStPaulRacco1 (Note: The raccoon did not appear to have a phone in hand on the ledge, so it appears the animal is not behind that account.)
The raccoon was first spotted on a ledge Tuesday morning, just a few stories high. St. Paul Animal Control believed it may have been there all night before it started heading skyward.
According to St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspections spokesperson Laurie Brickley, the city has set up a live trap with food on the roof, hoping the raccoon would climb up there overnight. The raccoon finally made it to the top of the building at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
UBS Plaza building officials reported the raccoon was captured later Wednesday morning and picked up by Wildlife Management Services Animal Control.
Later Wednesday, Wildlife Management Services shared a video on Facebook of officials releasing the raccoon back into the wild.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Anthony Brousseau & The Associated Press
Updated: June 13, 2018 01:31 PM
Created: June 12, 2018 02:55 PM
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