Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, captivating public

Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, captivating public

As the sun set in St. Paul, Minnesota Tuesday, this raccoon settled into his temporary home.

The mammal was spotted by Tim Nelson, a Minnesota Public Radio reporter, who has been relentlessly tweeting about the progress in the raccoon's movements.

It's not unusual for raccoons to climb fairly tall trees and other structures, according to MacDonald and Jenni, though neither had heard of one climbing such a tall building before.

The raccoon looked a bit bedraggled but healthy after it was caught before dawn atop the UBS Plaza.

Both men were overwhelmed by the global reaction to their posts about the raccoon's ascent.

Frost told BBC a colleague barely noticed the raccoon at first.

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The furry hero began it's journey on Monday, when it became stuck on the 2nd floor ledge of another building. "We didn't see it and thought, it went away - that's great!" "Two workers in the building got out a couple of long planks - sort of making a kind of ladder for it".

It moved to the neighbouring UBS Tower, and started climbing up, not down. The animal settled on a ledge more than 20 stories up for several hours - napping and peering in office windows.

James Gunn, who directed Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that featured a smartass character named Rocket Raccoon, said he will donate $1,000 to a charity for anyone who rescues the raccoon.

A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building captivated onlookers overnight after it started scaling an office building.

Laurie Brickley, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Safety & Inspections, which oversees animal control, said, "We've been in touch with wildlife organizations". Witnesses say the maintenance staff tried helping it get down by pushing a few two-by-fours in its direction. Valdivia said her mother-in-law saw it on the news in Chile.

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