Raccoon safely climbs Minnesota building, captures internet's hearts

  • Raccoon safely climbs Minnesota building, captures internet's hearts

Raccoon safely climbs Minnesota building, captures internet's hearts

And the first times that the St. Paul Fire Department and building workers tried to rescue it with a makeshift ladder did not pan out.

The raccoon's saga began about two days ago when the brown, masked critter was spotted stranded on a ledge of the office tower.

The raccoon is now about 20 stories up.

No word yet on how crews plan to get it down.

By Tuesday afternoon, it had stopped on a ledge 20 storeys up for a much-needed nap. By early Wednesday, the animal made it to the roof, where St. Paul Animal Control had placed cat food and a trap in hopes of enticing the animal to safety.

MPR Raccoon, whose death-defying climb captured the attention of people across the world has been removed from the UBS roof and was released into the wild.

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

At about 2:30 a.m. local time, a grainy live feed from St. Paul showed a shadowy little figure scurrying up and onto the top of a 25-story building, prompting an nearly audible sigh of relief from the internet.

The raccoon rested on various window ledges during its daring climb (resulting in some fantastic photos) and ultimately reached the building's roof this morning around 3 a.m. local time.

The building's formal name is UBS Plaza.

Animal Control is calling a mission to rescue the raccoon too risky - for both the raccoon and the workers.