Paul raccoon reaches roof after death-defying climb up downtown tower

A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul Minn. on Tuesday

Town Square building employees use a makeshift pole to rouse a raccoon from a ledge on the Town Square building in downtown St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

Tad Vezner of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the building's management hired the local Wildlife Management Services to trap the raccoon.

A staffer at the private firm said they were still arranging for a live release. But workers who tried to lure it down with a wooden ramp likely just scared it, said Phil Jenni, executive director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

The Minnesota raccoon paused at several points on narrow window ledges during its climb, even taking naps before continuing onward.

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Thanks to a harrowing journey up the side of a skyscraper, a raccoon in St. Paul, MN, climbed its way to modest social media stardom before it finally reached the top of the 25-floor building.

Building maintenance was able to get the raccoon to step back from that ledge but instead of safely heading down to the ground, it instead escaped up, scaling some 20 stories on the nearby UBS tower.

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An extremely courageous (or extremely stupid) raccoon scaled a Minnesota building on Tuesday, shocking onlookers and sending Twitter into an anxious frenzy.

The city's department of safety inspections had set racoon traps on the roof with cat food and fresh water, well earned after a long day's climb. Anything more might further spook the beast.

Brickley said the raccoon would likely move during the night when attention faded.

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