Small raccoon makes big climb up skyscraper in downtown St. Paul

Chelsey DeMers, assistant general manager of Wildlife Management Services, said the raccoon was caught in a live trap baited with cat food on top of UBS Plaza before dawn Wednesday.

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.

"I would be legitimately devastated if it fell", a woman told Minnesota Public Radio as she watched the raccoon's climb.

By Tuesday night, the raccoon was still making its way up the building, where St. Paul Animal Control had placed cat food and a trap in hopes of enticing the animal to safety.

The raccoon was then taken to private land in the southwest suburbs of the Twin Cities and released back into the wild by Wildlife Management Services, the organization said on Facebook.

A raccoon reached the top of a 25-story St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper early on Wednesday after becoming a star on the web, where it captured the hearts of followers across the United States and around the globe.

Never afraid to tap into the zeitgeist, the St. Paul Saints will change their name to the St. Paul Raccoons for a June 26 game against Sioux City on June 26 at CHS Field. "I don't think the raccoon realized when it started climbing what it was in for".

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #MPRraccoon, and it was soon trending on Twitter.

The Minnesota raccoon paused at several points on narrow window ledges during its climb, even taking naps before continuing onward.

The climb seemed gravity-defying to those with an up-close view, earning it the nickname "spider-raccoon".

The building's windows don't open, so assistance won't be easy.

The animal, she added, was in good condition and was eating and had now been set free.

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

He said the raccoon is doing "really well".

  • Rogelio Becker