Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, internet goes wild

The raccoon who climbed the UBS skyscraper has been safely caught

The raccoon who climbed the UBS skyscraper has been safely caught

A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

A raccoon that became an internet sensation by climbing a 25-storey office tower in Minnesota has been safely trapped and will be released.

The animal was last seen bolting out of the trap and into a wooded area in a video clip shared by wildlife management services on Facebook.

When she reached the 23rd floor, the raccoon had second thoughts and made a brief attempt to climb back down, before turning around and heading up again. That's when it started climbing.

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It may have been a ideal combination of the right time and the right place-the raccoon was scaling a building across the street from media offices after all, so the images were newsworthy from almost every floor.

Raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in St. Paul Minnesota
Raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in St. Paul Minnesota

Minnesota Public Radio has dubbed the animal #mprraccoon, while the local Fox affiliate briefly set up a live view of its perch on Periscope. Around 2:30 a.m., the raccoon scaled the top of the UBS building and the experts were there to capture it.

"After a delicious meal of soft cat food, #mprraccoon has been caught and will be picked up by Wildlife Management", the UBS Plaza tweeted.

"If they rescue it would be a good news story and we all kind of need that", another bystander said.

But however thoughtless this may or not have been, people have inspiration from the MPR raccoon.

Hollywood director James Gunn offered to donate $1,000 to charity in the name of anyone who saved the raccoon.

So it did what raccoons do when they're stressed: it climbed.

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