Rise to fame: daredevil raccoon conquers skyscraper
Nation holds its breath as creature's climb to the 23rd floor of US building captivates social media
A raccoon stranded on the ledge of an office building in St Paul, Minnesota, has captivated the world after scaling the skyscraper, safely making it to the top after more than 24 hours.
Onlookers, reporters and social media users fretted about the welfare of the critter as it climbed the UBS Tower on Tuesday.
By Tuesday evening it had stopped on a ledge at least 23 storeys high.Minnesota Public Radio's #mprraccoon hashtag spread around the world. Many feared for the raccoon's safety.
“Pray for #mprraccoon,” one Twitter user said.
The woodland creature also had its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying: “I made a big mistake.”The raccoon was first spotted on a ledge Tuesday morning, just a few storeys up. St Paul Animal Control believed it may have been there all night before it started heading skywards.
The local CBS affiliate began live-streaming the raccoon's journey as the nation held its collective breath.
The windows on the building can't be opened and Tim Nelson, a Minnesota Public Radio reporter, said animal control experts were trying to coax the creature to the roof, where it could be captured safely.Nelson added that the animal was “likely on an errant mission to raid pigeon nests on the skyway”.As dark began to descend, the reporter said it appeared the raccoon was settling in for the night.
Two hours later, however, it was on the move again as it started descending the building.
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