Paul raccoon safely trapped on tower roof

Raccoon Scaling St. Paul Skyscraper Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

A raccoon scaling the side of a skyscraper Tuesday has people all across the country watching its every move with bated breath.

It all began on Monday (June 12), when the racoon was stranded on the Town Square office building.

Snacking on smelly, wet cat food, the raccoon that offered a nation a split-second of respite sat in a cage atop UBS Plaza, whose final, 23rd story it had scaled about 3 a.m.

No word yet on how crews plan to get it down.

It was dubbed the #MPRraccoon because Minnesota Public Radio, whose offices are in a nearby building, documented the animal's long, odd trip.

On Twitter, office workers posted photos and videos of the raccoon resting on sills and climbing up the building's pebbled concrete exterior.

By 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, the raccoon did make it onto the roof of the UBS Tower.

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By Tuesday afternoon, the St. Paul Fire Department had paid a visit to the ledge-lounging raccoon.

Meanwhile, tensions were reaching such great heights of their own that a local Good Samaritan roughly two dozen stories below the raccoon even - rather ambitiously - offered to catch the little one.

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon.

The raccoon's adventures inspired a lot of commentary on social media, from concerns about its safety to jokes.

According to CBS News Minnesota, live traps have been set on the roof of the UBS building and rescuers are hoping to lure the celebrity raccoon to safety with food.

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.

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