Paul raccoon reaches roof after scaling downtown tower

Animal stuck on high-rise ledge becomes social media star

Were you anxious about the raccoon who spent the better part of Tuesday, and some of Wednesday, climbing to the top of a skyscraper in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota?

The raccoon that scaled the UBS Plaza was caught in a live trap baited with cat food overnight in St. Paul, Minn., and was picked up by Wildlife Management Services Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

The masked animal did so by scaling a St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper, a la Spider-Man, and in the process riveting - and terrifying - legions of humans who followed online.

It was first spotted on a ledge Tuesday morning, just a few storeys high.

The nimble little fella climbed 23 floors - about 60m - up the UBS Tower in Saint Paul, panicking thousands of onlookers who were following the situation on Twitter.

Observers invested in the raccoon's fate were told that no rescue could be attempted because the furry creature was too high up and could not be let inside because the building's windows do not open. The animal settled on a ledge more than 20 stories up for several hours - napping and peering in office windows. Concerned that the raccoon had become trapped, Twitter users called for a host of inventive solutions, including sending up a hot air balloon to take the raccoon to safety.

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Nearby Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon.

Workers inside the UBS building have had a front-row seat to the action, including lawyer Sheila Donnelly-Coyne.

The #mprraccoon peers inside a law firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Bank building on Tuesday.

Animal control filled the roof with the aroma of food to encourage the raccoon to climb further upward.

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.

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