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Internet fixates on fate of raccoon on side of Minnesota skyscraper

Internet fixates on fate of raccoon on side of Minnesota skyscraper

Late Tuesday morning, June 12, maintenance employees of St. Paul's Town Square building tried to tempt the raccoon down with a long pole, but the critter was having none of it.

That daredevil raccoon scaled 23 floors of a building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

MPR reporter Tim Nelson tweeted a video of the raccoon "doing a little grooming" from the 23rd floor's ledge, "now that he's a social media star".

"We were all anxious about him", Sheila Donnelly-Coyne, an attorney who works on the 23rd floor of the UBS building, told NPR. Animal-control officials said the raccoon would be trapped and helped when it reached the roof, reported the Washington Post. "We're hoping he continues his climb", she said.

"We have seen him pace back and forth and sniff, but he hasn't moved", said attorney Sheila Donnelly-Coyne.

Of course, Twitter being Twitter, there's already an account for the MPRRaccoon with a sassy, liberal voice. The animal made it to the roof early Wednesday, where the baited traps were waiting.




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.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter spun its adventure as a positive for the city's tourism industry - proof that even a raccoon knew Minnesota's capital "is a great place to reach for higher heights".

The masked animal did so by scaling a St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper, a la Spider-Man, and in the process riveting - and terrifying - legions of humans who followed online.

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

A Minnesota radio station branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon.


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