Don't Worry, The Minnesota Tower Raccoon Survived

Mprraccoon making its dash to the top of the tower

Camera Icon Mprraccoon making its dash to the top of the tower

A raccoon is finding itself in deeper and deeper - er, higher and higher - trouble as it climbs downtown St. Paul's UBS Tower.

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 sits on the ledge of an office window.

By Tuesday evening, the critter had scampered up to the 23rd floor for a long nap.

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Evan Frost and Tim Nelson, journalists with Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), documented the raccoon's nerve-wracking journey on Twitter. "We're working with staff & building owner to find a way to help #MPRraccoon without further endangering it or staff by scaring or making it feel threatened", he tweeted. "We're hoping he continues his climb", she said.

Around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, the raccoon did make it onto the roof of the UBS Tower.

Technicians took the caged raccoon down a freight elevator to a truck, according to Wildlife Management Services, which provides animal control services for St. Paul.

"I made a big mistake", said an afternoon post on a Twitter account created for the raccoon before it climbed down a few floors later in the day.

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The MPRRaccoon also became the source of anxiety for Twitter users Tuesday, as people feared for his safety and wondered how in heck he would ever get down.

Minnesota Public Radio has dubbed the animal #mprraccoon, while the local Fox affiliate briefly set up a live view of its perch on Periscope.

Amid hundreds of photos and retweets from fascinated and frightened pedestrians, the raccoon finally came to a stop on the ledge of a swanky 22nd floor office - just one floor below the top.

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