Raccoon scaling side of a tall skyscraper grips US social media

Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2018

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

A raccoon made its way to the very top of a Minnesota office building early Wednesday as a captivated audience watched in the streets and on social media.

Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter's progress as it scaled the 25-storey UBS Tower, reaching, by late afternoon, a ledge on the 23rd floor, where it appeared to take a break.

Amid hundreds of photos and retweets from fascinated and frightened pedestrians, the raccoon finally came to a stop on the ledge of a swanky 22nd floor office - just one floor below the top.

A raccoon is finding itself in deeper and deeper - er, higher and higher - trouble as it climbs downtown St. Paul's UBS Tower.

It was dubbed the #MPRraccoon because Minnesota Public Radio, whose offices are in a nearby building, documented the animal's long, unusual trip. Building maintenance got it off the ledge on Tuesday morning, but rather than heading down, the raccoon started scaling the building next door.

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

About 2.30 a.m. a grainy live feed from the scene showed a shadowy figure scurrying up and over the top of a 25-story building, prompting an nearly audible sigh of relief from the internet.