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Paul Skyscraper Sets Off Social Media Firestorm

A raccoon is seen on the ledge of a building in St. Paul Minn. on Tuesday Watch: Raccoon's attempt to scale large office block captivates US, watchers hold their breaths as live streams monitor his every move
Lisa Bryan | 13 June, 2018, 19:16

As the animal reached the roof of a 23-storey building in Minnesota, those tracking the hashtag #MPRraccoon on Twitter let out a collective sigh of relief.

As night descended on St. Paul, the raccoon appeared to start climbing down, before reversing course.

Were you anxious about the raccoon who spent the better part of Tuesday, and some of Wednesday, climbing to the top of a skyscraper in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota?

Its audacious bid for safety was captured by Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) journalist Tim Nelson, and quickly followed by a legion of fans united in anxious support.

There's a raccoon across the street that has scaled 22 floors since about 9:30 this morning, that's when he was first spotted.


On Tuesday, a city spokesperson for animal control tweeted, "We've been in touch with wildlife organizations..."

And thankfully, we have some good news - he made it! "The raccoon!" And I thought, "Well, is there a raccoon in the building?" No. According to the Washington Post, the animal had at one point Tuesday afternoon paused on a ledge 20 stories off the ground.

Photos show the animal plastered to the side of the building while many office workers shared photos from inside the UBS Tower, showing the animal's progress.

A raccoon has got social media users across the globe to come together to collectively experience an anxiety attack.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" member Rocket Raccoon now has competition for the title of most popular raccoon.

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