A raccoon scaled a Minnesota office building. The internet loved it.

Raccoon scales Minnesota office building; fire department trying to lure it down

- A raccoon is causing a stir on social media Tuesday afternoon after it started scaling an office building in St. Paul - reaching up to 23 stories before stopping to groom itself and, apparently, take a nap on a ledge.

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.

The furry critter's ascent up the UBS Tower, as it clung only to the building's rough exterior more than 20 stories above the ground, started to stress people out on Twitter.

CBS Minnesota reports a live trap has been set on the roof, with cat food to lure the raccoon.

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

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The city fears any other capture method could lead to the raccoon falling.

It appeared, by about 1:30 p.m. local time, he had almost reached the top of the building. Paige Donnelly Law, on the same floor of the tower, said in a tweet that they've been told there are live traps on the roof and they are hoping the raccoon will make it the rest of the way up.

Laurie Brickley, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Safety & Inspections, which oversees animal control, said, "We've been in touch with wildlife organizations".

Whatever fate awaits the wild creature, it's now achieved whatever level of fame that an animal hits when it gets multiple Twitter accounts.

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