Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, captivating public

Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, captivating public

I never knew raccoon could scale a building!' "We were all anxious about him", says Sheila Donnelly-Coyne, an attorney whose firm, Paige Donnelly, is on the 23rd floor of the UBS building. During a rescue attempt by three maintenance workers, the raccoon made a run for it and began scaling a second building, the office tower it now calls captor.

He said the animal had been stranded on the building for at least two days.

Based on latest reports, the fire department has set up a live trap with food on the roof so that they can capture the racoon after its courageous ascent.

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

By about 10:30 p.m., the raccoon had decided on a change of scenery.

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The raccoon's ascent also drew the attention of national news outlets, including CBS News, BuzzFeed, the Washington Post, Fox News and the Los Angeles Times.

It's safe to assume at this point, the raccoon wants nothing more than to get safely home-and we're rooting for him all the way there.

According to KSTP, the city feared other capture methods could have startled the raccoon and caused a fall.

She noted that an animal control officer was unclear whether the raccoon would be physically able to come down on its own. We didn't see it and thought, 'It went away - that's great!' " Brickley added.

KARE 11's Lindsey Seavert is there keeping tabs on #MPRraccoon and will have the very latest on Twitter throughout the night with a full report on the KARE 11 News at 10.

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