Raccoon scales skyscraper in Minnesota

Minnesota Raccoon

Minnesota Raccoon

A raccoon spotted in downtown St. Paul Tuesday morning scaled a building and went 20 stories up.

As the U.S. slept, a small raccoon who first captured the attention of Minnesota, and then the world, did something remarkable.

As the raccoon climbed higher and higher on Tuesday, animal welfare officials hoped that it would reach the roof of the UBS Plaza building so it could be trapped.

Internet-addicts among us may now have heard of #MPRraccoon, the creature seen climbing up the side of a 25-storey tower in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Many expressed concern for the raccoon's safety - wondering aloud about possible rescue scenarios.

At midnight local time (6am BST) it was reported by radio news reporter Tim Nelson that the raccoon was moving around the building and had moved down to the 17th floor.

It moved to the neighbouring UBS Tower, and started climbing up, not down. Users posted photos of the raccoon's plight onto social media.

About 2.30 a.m. a grainy live feed from the scene showed a shadowy figure scurrying up and over the top of a 25-story building, prompting an nearly audible sigh of relief from the internet.

The raccoon also has its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying, "I made a big mistake".

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