A raccoon scaled a skyscraper in Minnesota, on Tuesday, managing to climb at least 20 storeys on UBS Tower as onlookers snapped photos from outside and within the structure.
There is not a whole lot that St. Paul Animal Control can do because a rescue mission would be too risky for both the raccoon and the workers. The mammal was spotted by Tim Nelson, a Minnesota Public Radio reporter, who has been relentlessly tweeting about the progress in the raccoon's movements.
Laurie Brickley, St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspection spokesperson, confirmed Tuesday evening that traps were set on the roof.
If we care enough about this little rabid raccoon downtown St. Paul, maybe the window-washers could get up there. Nelson captured an up-close video of the raccoon "doing a little grooming" on the 23rd floor window ledge.
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"If they rescue it would be a good news story and we all kind of need that", another bystander said.
The animal became a bit of a star on social media as people began to cheer on the creature during its attempt to summit the building. That obviously didn't work, as raccoons apparently tend to climb when they get scared.
The writer and director of "Guardians Of The Galaxy", which features a raccoon as one of the characters, said he'd donate $1,000 to charity for the rescue of the raccoon. (Picture: Evan Frost/ Minnesota Public Radio via AP) St Paul Animal Control have now placed a trap and some cat food on the roof, hoping to bring the raccoon down.
The raccoon rested on various window ledges during its daring climb (resulting in some fantastic photos) and ultimately reached the building's roof this morning around 3 a.m. local time.