Raccoon safely reaches roof after scaling highrise


This glowing response to the presence of a raccoon is unusual in the U.S., where the animals are usually considered pests.

Town Square building employees use a makeshift pole to rouse a raccoon from a ledge on the Town Square building in downtown St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

The internet was gripped by a daring raccoon that climbed a 23-storey skyscraper in Minnesota, USA.

The building bandit spent Tuesday going up and down the floors, often stopping to nap on the window ledges.

According to WCCO, the raccoon began a descent at around 11:30pm ET, "making it to the 14th floor about 15 minutes later". They've reportedly left cat food on the building's rooftop in the hope the smell will lure the little dude up there to be rescued, but that's still a real long climb.

The UBS Plaza tweeted the raccoon was safely captured.

"We don't want to scare him", Laurie Brickley, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Safety and Inspections, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Due to the building's sealed windows, rescue efforts have been futile - animal-control authorities are hoping it will reach the roof where it will be trapped. At 2:48 a.m. Wednesday, the #MPRraccoon successfully reached the roof of the UBS Tower, and entered a live trap to enjoy a delicious and well-deserved meal.

So a trap, filled with cat food, has been placed on the roof.

The daredevil raccoon became so popular that several Twitter accounts sprang up in her name, tweeting out status reports as events unfolded.

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

Many feared for the raccoon's safety, with more than 4,500 watching a live-stream of its climb to the top.

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