Paul raccoon safely trapped on tower roof

Animal stuck on high-rise ledge becomes social media star

The animal made it to the roof early Wednesday, where traps baited with cat food were waiting.

"The best option is leaving it alone and hoping it will make it to the top in the evening", she said.

Initial speculation was that the raccoon climbed to a lower part of the building, frequented by pigeons, in search of bird eggs.

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

The raccoon was originally stranded on a different nearby building Monday before escaping to a nearby roof and starting its unlikely ascent, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reports.

A daredevil raccoon has been safely rescued after leaving the internet on tenterhooks by scaling a 23-floor building in St Paul, Minnesota.

It may have been a ideal combination of the right time and the right place-the raccoon was scaling a building across the street from media offices after all, so the images were newsworthy from almost every floor.

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The Minnesota raccoon paused at several points on narrow window ledges during its climb, even taking naps before continuing onward. "Goodbye friend!", said a Tweet issued by building management of the building, UBS Plaza.

"We don't want to scare him", Laurie Brickley, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Safety and Inspections, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The raccoon's ascent lasted a staggering 20 hours - Twitter celebrated the animal reaching the roof at 3 AM local time Wednesday morning, according to the BBC.

The animal has become an unlikely hero for many on Twitter - with users dubbing his unlikely success an inspiration. Employees saw the furry critter climbing the building.

By Tuesday afternoon, the raccoon had its own Twitter account, with its first tweet saying, "I made a big mistake".

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

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