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'MPR raccoon' scales UBS Tower in St. Paul

'MPR raccoon' scales UBS Tower in St. Paul”

We'll explain. The saga started on Monday when the small, mottled brown raccoon was spotted stranded on a ledge of the two-story Town Square office building in downtown St. Paul.

On Tuesday, building maintenance workers were able to get the poor little guy to move, but he unfortunately took a more unsafe route, climbing UBS Tower next door.

Looking like a smaller, hairier version of Spiderman, the raccoon was able to scale nearly the entire building, finally stopping to rest outside the Paige Donnelly Law Firm on the 23rd floor.

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. Around 12:30 p.m., Pioneer Press reporter Tad Vezner captured a couple of shots of the raccoon apparently taking a nap on the other side of the window.

Minnesota got its very own friendly neighborhood Spider-Raccoon Tuesday - and Twitter can't look away. We've been told that the building has live traps on the roof and are trying to get him to go up there.

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

Laurie Brickley, St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspection spokesperson confirmed traps are on the roof, ready for the raccoon.

On Tuesday afternoon, the raccoon could be seen holding steady on a window a few floors from the top of the building.



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