Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Raccoon scales skyscraper in Minnesota

Raccoon scales skyscraper in Minnesota

An extremely courageous (or extremely stupid) raccoon scaled a Minnesota building on Tuesday, shocking onlookers and sending Twitter into an anxious frenzy.

On Tuesday, building maintenance workers were able to get the poor little guy to move, but he unfortunately took a more unsafe route, climbing UBS Tower next door.

And a small crowd was drawn at the bottom of the building. It had reached the roof.

The story started yesterday morning when Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson noticed the animal trapped on an overhang near the bottom of the UBS Building in downtown St Paul.

After darkness fell, it appeared the raccoon was going to climb back down the building. It napped for several hours on the window ledge before moving up and on, this time scaling to the 23rd floor - the last remaining floor with windows, or ledges.

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.

Along the way, the raccoon was nicknamed "trash panda".

"I think it just seems like something a lot of different people can get behind", Mr Frost told the BBC.

MPRraccoon - as the raccoon is now known on Twitter - captured widespread attention as people online followed its adventurous heroics when it climbed a 25-story building in St. Paul, Minn.

That's because an animal this plucky is the only drama worth watching.

Brickley said an animal-control officer was unsure whether the raccoon would be physically able to come down on its own. On Tuesday, employees occasionally stepped outside to further document the animal's ascent to greatness on Twitter.

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