Daredevil Raccoon Scales UBS Building in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Folks with the UBS Plaza announced Wednesday morning that the raccoon had reached the roof overnight, grabbed a snack of soft cat food and found itself trapped in one of the cages laid out for it there. Wildlife Management Services provides animal control services for St. Paul.

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

An adventurous female raccoon was making a name for herself as she scaled the 25-storey UBS Building in St. Paul, earning herself social media fame in the process.

Observers invested in the raccoon's fate were told that no rescue could be attempted because the furry creature was too high up and could not be let inside because the building's windows do not open.

A raccoon scaling a Minnesota skyscraper may be the most popular thing on the internet right now and it's putting many people in a Marvel state of mind - complete with Rocket Raccoon jokes.

By midafternoon, the raccoon had ventured an additional 10 stories up, its claws somehow digging in enough to continue.

It spent much of Tuesday going up and down the building's floors, occasionally napping on ledges. MPR is housed in the UBS Building.

It brought an end to a day of drama as people around the world anxious that the basketball-sized raccoon would lose its grip as it climbed or slip off a window ledge hundreds of feet above the light rail tracks running down Cedar Street in St. Paul. Or if you're a Disney fan, then Pocahontas' cheeky pet raccoon Meeko would have done the trick.

Minnesota Public Radio, which broke the story and closely followed the raccoon's climb from its headquarters less than a block away, branded the animal #mprraccoon.

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.

James Gunn, who directed Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that featured a smartass character named Rocket Raccoon, said he will donate $1,000 to a charity for anyone who rescues the raccoon.

Vanessa Coleman

Comments