Raccoon Scales 20 Stories of Minnesota Office Building, Terrifies Twitter

Raccoon Scaling St. Paul Skyscraper Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

Raccoon Scaling St. Paul Skyscraper Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

A raccoon has climbed more than 20 floors high on an office building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon #mprraccoon, a hashtag that spread around the world.

It was first spotted on a ledge Tuesday morning, just a few storeys high. When building workers tried to tempt the raccoon down with a long pole, it instead escaped to the UBS Plaza where it began its 23-story hike. At one point, a small crowd had gathered on the street to see what would happen next.

The raccoon then steadily ascended UBS Tower, taking the time to groom itself and lay down along the way.

It appeared, by about 1:30 p.m. local time, he had almost reached the top of the building. That's when it started climbing.

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It's the whole talk of MPR today (follow the #mprraccoon hashtag on social media, and find more coverage at MPR News), but I'm nearly afraid to watch.

Many people followed the raccoon's adventures and half a dozen Twitter accounts purporting to represent the animal were launched.

By Tuesday afternoon, it was up to the 23rd floor.

One lucky racoon in the USA has not only made it (to the top of a building, that is), but has also gained world-wide attention for its dare-devil antics.

As night descended on St. Paul, the raccoon appeared to start climbing down, before reversing course.

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