Paul Skyscraper Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in the USA city of St Paul, Minnesota, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building.

Late Tuesday morning, June 12, maintenance employees of St. Paul's Town Square building tried to tempt the raccoon down with a long pole, but the critter was having none of it.

A raccoon stretches itself on the 23rd floor of a tower in Minnesota, US.

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The raccoon has now made its way 23 stories up the exterior of the UBS Financial Services building.

Other local stations have begun livestreaming the raccoon's movements with thousands of viewers, although there has been little movement in the past few hours.

Several downtown Twitter users snapped photos Monday of the raccoon stranded on a second-story ledge by the Seventh Street Skyway near Cedar Street.

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

A spokeswoman for the city's Department of Safety and Inspections, which oversees animal control, told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press that they planned to set a trap with food at the top of the building.

KARE 11's Lindsey Seavert is there keeping tabs on #MPRraccoon and will have the very latest on Twitter throughout the night with a full report on the KARE 11 News at 10.

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