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Raccoon scales office tower, captivating public

14 June 2018

THE raccoon that stopped the world has completed its breathtaking climb to the top of an office building in St. Paul, Minnesota. And around 12:30 p.m., Pioneer Press reporter Tad Vezner captured a couple of shots of the raccoon apparently taking a nap on the other side of the window.

It spent much of Tuesday going up and down the building's floors, occasionally napping on ledges.

A raccoon scaled a skyscraper in Minnesota, on Tuesday, managing to climb at least 20 storeys on UBS Tower as onlookers snapped photos from outside and within the structure.

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We certainly hope this all ends happily, but we can't say exactly when that will be.

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.

According to mprnews.com, people also gathered on the street Tuesday to watch the raccoon and the efforts to help it.

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The raccoon's ascent lasted a staggering 20 hours - Twitter celebrated the animal reaching the roof at 3 AM local time Wednesday morning, according to the BBC.

Minnesota Pubic Radio staffers managed to snag naming rights for the animal - inundating the internet with the Twitter hashtag #MPRRaccoon, which promptly caught on.

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

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

People noticed, and before long it had its own Twitter account.

By late Tuesday morning, the critter was spotted a few stories up on a window ledge, its brownish body just a smudge on the building's concrete and mottled stone exterior.

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Raccoon scales office tower, captivating public