Paul raccoon reaches roof after scaling downtown tower, causing internet frenzy

Thursday, 14 Jun, 2018

It was dubbed the #MPRraccoon because Minnesota Public Radio, whose offices are in a nearby building, documented the animal's long, unusual trip. "It was behaving like a lot of raccoons do", he said.

The raccoon who caught the attention of thousands around the world as he climbed a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota, is now safe. "We're hoping he continues his climb", she said. Workers in the office building, whose windows are sealed shut, anxious as the critter scuttled past their offices and rested on window ledges.

By Tuesday afternoon, it had stopped on a ledge 20 storeys up for a much-needed nap.

"One of my colleagues spotted the raccoon on, kind of the ground floor, sitting on a ledge on Monday - it looked like a brown lump, nearly like a cat sitting there", Evan Frost told the BBC in the early hours of Wednesday.

"Raccoons don't think ahead very much, so raccoons don't have very good impulse control", she said, admitting she could barely sleep she was so anxious about the animal. Many have been tweeting their support for the animal, as it stays stranded on the skyscraper.

Although the local fire department and building workers tried to rescue it by using a makeshift ladder, it scampered away and started climbing the nearby UBS Plaza. As of just before 4:30 p.m., it was resting 23 stories up.

Meanwhile, someone who also is decidedly not the raccoon started a rival Twitter account.

Finally, in the early-morning hours, the raccoon scampered to the roof, scaling the several-meter long flat surface before reaching the edge and disappearing. "Goodbye friend!" the UBS tower tweeted on Wednesday.