Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Raccoon Scales 20 Stories of Minnesota Office Building, Terrifies Twitter

Raccoon Scales 20 Stories of Minnesota Office Building, Terrifies Twitter

The raccoon was first spotted on a ledge on Tuesday morning (local time), just a few stories high.

"I think if anything this proves St. Paul is the place to take a risk and reach great heights", Carter said.

A raccoon sits on a ledge on the Town Square building in downtown St. Paul, Minn. 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.

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 fearless ascent. Anything more might further spook the beast.

Many people followed the raccoon's adventures and half a dozen Twitter accounts purporting to represent the animal were launched.

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Laurie Brickley, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Safety & Inspections, which oversees animal control, said, "We've been in touch with wildlife organizations". But overnight, the nocturnal mammal thwarted that plan by beginning to descend.

The daredevil began its ascent Tuesday morning, climbing 12 stories shortly before noon, according to Nelson. On Tuesday, employees occasionally stepped outside to further document the animal's ascent to greatness on Twitter.

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

Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter's progress as it scaled the 25-storey UBS Tower.

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