Raccoon Climbs St. Paul Office Building, Captivates Locals

A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul Minn. on Tuesday

A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul Minn. on Tuesday

Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter's progress as it scaled the 25-storey UBS Tower, reaching, by late afternoon, a ledge on the 23rd floor, where it appeared to take a break.

The raccoon was first spotted on a ledge Tuesday morning, just a few stories high.

Looking like a smaller, hairier version of Spiderman, the raccoon was able to scale nearly the entire building, finally stopping to rest outside the Paige Donnelly Law Firm on the 23rd floor.

It was dubbed the #MPRraccoon because Minnesota Public Radio, whose offices are in a nearby building, documented the animal's long, unusual trip.

According to Nelson, when a maintenance crew managed to get the animal to leave the ledge, it only jumped onto a nearby building.

There is not a whole lot that St. Paul Animal Control can do because a rescue mission would be too unsafe for both the raccoon and the workers.

The MPRRaccoon also became the source of anxiety for Twitter users Tuesday, as people feared for his safety and wondered how in heck he would ever get down.

A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

An extremely fearless (or extremely stupid) raccoon scaled a Minnesota building on Tuesday, shocking onlookers and sending Twitter into an anxious frenzy.

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