Raccoon scales office tower, captivating public

Leroy Wright
June 13, 2018

That obviously didn't work, as raccoons apparently tend to climb when they get scared.

The animal was first seen in a niche in the wall of the Town Square building on Monday.

The raccoon started climbing the UBS skyscraper in Minnesota earlier today and people around the world are now waiting for it to return to earth safely.

As night descended on St. Paul, the raccoon appeared to start climbing down, before reversing course.

A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

Image: Minnesota Public Radio's building in front of the UBS building.

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By 6:30 p.m., the hashtag was was Twitter's No. 1 trending topic and was also popular on Instagram.

The raccoon's adventures inspired a lot of commentary on social media, from concerns about its safety to jokes.

There will be someone monitoring the animal overnight, Brickley said. Or if you're a Disney fan, then Pocahontas' cheeky pet raccoon Meeko would have done the trick. "We were all anxious about him", says Sheila Donnelly-Coyne, an attorney whose firm, Paige Donnelly, is on the 23rd floor of the UBS building.

"If they rescue it would be a good news story and we all kind of need that", a man told Minnesota Public Radio.

Chelsey DeMers, assistant general manager of the company Wildlife Management Services, says the raccoon was caught in a live trap on top of UBS Plaza early Wednesday.

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