Raccoon scales high-rise in downtown St. Paul

Donna Miller
June 13, 2018

A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in the U.S. city of St Paul, Minnesota, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building. When workers from the building tried to get the critter down, it began climbing several stories higher.

There is not a whole lot that St. Paul Animal Control can do because a rescue mission would be too risky for both the raccoon and the workers.

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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MPR News, the local public radio station, helped break the story and since then the world has been following the plight of the raccoon on the hashtag #MPRraccoon. Paige Donnelly Law, on the same floor of the tower, said in a tweet that they've been told there are live traps on the roof and they are hoping the raccoon will make it the rest of the way up.

Laurie Brickley, St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspection spokesperson confirmed traps are on the roof, ready for the raccoon. "We didn't see it and thought, it went away - that's great!" St. Paul Animal Control believes it may have been there all night before it headed upward.

For now, the 23rd-floor ledge ― almost the top of the building ― has become the raccoon's resting spot.

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