Animal stuck on high-rise ledge becomes social media star

When building workers tried to tempt the raccoon down with a long pole, it instead escaped to the UBS Plaza where it began its 23-story hike.

A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building.

The video above, shown by raccoon watcher @manchelster was one of many to hit the internet.

Right now in Minnesota, a humble raccoon has taken on a lofty challenge: it's scaling a skyscraper, and we're all really anxious about it.

It was dubbed the #MPRraccoon because Minnesota Public Radio, whose offices are in a nearby building, documented the animal's long, odd trip. "We're hoping he continues his climb", she said. "We didn't see it and thought, 'It went away - that's great!'" Laurie Brickley told the publication.

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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.

For hours on Tuesday, Twitter users followed the exploits of the daredevil free-climbing raccoon.

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

Until we have any further details, we'll just pray for a miracle.

Evan Frost, also of MPR News, tweeted the raccoon got a visit from the St. Paul Fire Department, and that cat food had been placed on the roof of the building.

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