Raccoon scales high-rise in downtown St. Paul


Many citizens posted on Twitter they were concerned for the raccoon's safety and were anxious it had not eaten since it started its journey. A day later, building maintenance personnel tried to rescue the animal by rigging up a 20-foot-length of lumber by screwing two-by-fours together.

With no balconies or windows that open, office workers inside the building were left to watch anxiously as the raccoon continued its climb.

Finally, the good news - we hope - came at 2:45 a.m.: The little raccoon that could had done it. "We didn't see it and thought, it went away - that's great!" "The best thing is to leave him alone".

Though the roof was ready with baited traps, the latest updates appear to show the raccoon descending the building after reaching as high as the 23rd floor.

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It's the whole talk of MPR today (follow the #mprraccoon hashtag on social media, and find more coverage at MPR News), but I'm nearly afraid to watch. By Wednesday morning it had made it to the roof of the building, easing fears that it would plummet to its death.

The UBS Plaza building is 25 stories tall. "We all just have to keep our fingers crossed".

There is not a whole lot that St. Paul Animal Control can do because a rescue mission would be too risky for both the raccoon and the workers.