Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, internet goes wild

Animal stuck on high-rise ledge becomes social media star

Watch: Raccoon's attempt to scale large office block captivates US, watchers hold their breaths as live streams monitor his every move

When a racoon in the United States city of St Paul, Minnesota started scaling up a UBS Tower building - it was perched on the ledge of the 23rd floor at one point - it instantly became an Internet sensation as a source of amusement and anxiety for workers and social media users alike.

It brought an end to a day of drama as people around the world anxious that the basketball-sized raccoon would lose its grip as it climbed or slip off a window ledge hundreds of feet above the light rail tracks running down Cedar Street in St. Paul.

That daredevil raccoon scaled 23 floors of a building in St. Paul, Minnesota. The windows there don't open, according to office employees who asked not to be named.

It spent much of Tuesday going up and down the building's floors, occasionally napping on ledges.

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

We certainly hope this all ends happily, but we can't say exactly when that will be.

Laurie Brickley, St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspection spokesperson confirmed traps are on the roof, ready for the raccoon. "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", he tweeted.

Well after midnight - when most Americans had gone to sleep - the raccoon reached the roof and was captured in a trap set up by wildlife control officials.

A Minnesota radio station branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon.

By Tuesday afternoon, it had stopped on a ledge 20 storeys up for a much-needed nap.

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

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