Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, captivating public

Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, captivating public

St. Paul Animal Control believes it may have been there all night before starting its climb.

As we all shared the thrill, the raccoon's travails were immortalized in fan art, and people bonded to the raccoon as they shared experiences that sometimes we all lose our way.

"Digging into tree bark is certainly a little bit easier than hard stone", Lueth said, "but there must've been enough cracks or crevices or textures where [MPR raccoon] could get a grip [on the building]". Building maintenance was able to get the raccoon to step back from that ledge but instead of safely heading down to the ground, it instead escaped up, scaling some 20 stories on the nearby UBS tower.

Concerned that the raccoon had become trapped, Twitter users called for a host of inventive solutions, including sending up a hot air balloon to take the raccoon to safety.

"It was heartbreaking to see yesterday", Tim Nelson told the BBC on Wednesday.

Dubbed the #mprraccoon, the athletic trash panda has captured the hearts of the internet.

And a small crowd was drawn at the bottom of the building.

We're rooting for you, little one.

James Gunn, who directed Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that featured a smartass character named Rocket Raccoon, said he will donate $1,000 to a charity for anyone who rescues the raccoon.

Others threatened to skip work to continue watching the raccoon. On Tuesday, employees occasionally stepped outside to further document the animal's ascent to greatness on Twitter.

But the raccoon seemed less scared than everyone else.

Then around 2 a.m. Wednesday, it started climbing again, moving from window to window, until it reached the corner of the UBS Building, then the roof at around 2:30 a.m.

The world can breathe a heavy sigh of relief.

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