Raccoon finally caught after making it to top of St. Paul building

Raccoon finally caught after making it to top of St. Paul building

A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St Paul in the U.S. state of Minnesota was safely trapped early on Wednesday (Wednesday night NZ Time), and animal control officials were preparing to release it back into the wild.

The animal interrupted work and caused anxiety for many who feared for its safety as it progressed up the UBS Tower in Minnesota, intermittently stopping to rest on ledges.

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

As the raccoon climbed higher and higher on Tuesday, animal welfare officials hoped that it would reach the roof of the UBS Plaza building so it could be trapped.

Photos on social media showed the little dude, dubbed #MPRRacoon by Minnesota Public Radio, scaling past St. Paul office windows. The story was picked up by Minnesota Public Radio and the raccoon's saga - with the hashtag "mprraccoon" went viral.

The woodland creature also soon had its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying, "I made a big mistake".

Many citizens posted on Twitter they were concerned for the raccoon's safety and were anxious it had not eaten since it started its journey.

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Right now in Minnesota, a humble raccoon has taken on a lofty challenge: it's scaling a skyscraper, and we're all really anxious about it. The raccoon, a female, was released later in the day and scampered into a wooded area on private property near the Twin Cities suburb of Shakopee.

Finally, to the joy of thousands around the world, the MPR raccoon cleared the building's summit at 3 AM local time, though, it's still not clear if it took the bait left at the top of the 23-storey tower.

The animal appeared to start climbing down the building as nightfall arrived, but was soon spotted reversing course.

A nook. next to an office building window. Most every one of those people were thinking the same thing: "Please let her make it".

"And we'll hope animals do what animals do", said Department of Safety and Inspections spokeswoman Laurie Brickley.

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

"This raccoon has to rescue itself", Nelson said.

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