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Raccoon scales Minnesota office tower, leaving public in suspense

14 June 2018, 03:24 | Megan Pierce

EVAN FROST AP A raccoon stretches itself on the 23rd floor of a tower in Minnesota US

A raccoon stretches itself on the 23rd floor of a tower in Minnesota US

On Tuesday, the raccoon slowly scaled the building, reaching the 23rd floor as its legend grew on social media with every floor it climbed.

"A law firm in the office tower - whose window ledge housed the raccoon for a number of hours Tuesday - says that building management told them the animal had been trapped", Nelson tweeted.

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.

"It's nearly like your cat or dog climbed up a skyscraper, it's kinda the same thing", one onlooker said.

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio, which broke the story and closely followed the raccoon's climb from its headquarters less than a block away, branded the animal #mprraccoon.

According to various Twitter posts early Wednesday, the raccoon made it safely to the roof about 2:30 a.m.

Nicknamed the #MPRraccoon after a local radio station, the animal drew small crowds and a lot of online support.

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"We have seen him pace back and forth and sniff, but he hasn't moved", said attorney Sheila Donnelly-Coyne.

By Tuesday afternoon, the St. Paul Fire Department had paid a visit to the ledge-lounging raccoon.

The animal has become an unlikely hero for many on Twitter - with users dubbing his unlikely success an inspiration.

People noticed, and before long it had its own Twitter account.

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.

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