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Free Climbing Raccoon Captures Hearts and Minds Scaling Minnesota Skyscraper

Free Climbing Raccoon Captures Hearts and Minds Scaling Minnesota Skyscraper

By Tuesday afternoon, the St. Paul Fire Department had paid a visit to the ledge-lounging raccoon.

On the street below, an onlooker thought "Wally" would make a good name for overly ambitious mammal, though Minnesota Public Radio employees - who work across the street - promptly created a hashtag "MPRracoon", which caught on.

As the United States slept, a small raccoon who first captured the attention of Minnesota, and then the world, did something remarkable. As of just before 4:30 p.m., it was resting 23 stories up.

Its travails captivated social media users.

Then it started to climb.

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It didn't take long for reporters, Twitter, and the city of St. Paul to rally behind the creature. However, the raccoon seemed to have deemed it time for some rest around the 23rd floor.

Many citizens posted on Twitter they were concerned for the raccoon's safety and were anxious it had not eaten since it started its journey. "We're hoping it gets to the top so we can set a trap for it there".

St Paul Animal Control believed it may have been there all night before it started heading skyward.

On Tuesday, the building maintenance workers were able to get the poor raccoon to move, but instead of coming down, it began climbing the UBS Tower next door. By Wednesday morning it had made it to the roof of the building, easing fears that it would plummet to its death.


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