Small raccoon makes big climb up skyscraper in downtown St. Paul

Joanna Estrada
June 13, 2018

The raccoon became stranded on a ledge of the Town Square office building a couple days ago, according to MPR News reporter Tim Nelson.

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.

The raccoon was originally spotted on the roof of a nearby office block and was safely removed by maintenance workers. By Tuesday afternoon, it had stopped on a ledge more than 20 stories high.

On the street below, an onlooker thought "Wally" would make a good name for overly ambitious mammal, though Minnesota Public Radio employees - who work across the street - promptly created a hashtag "MPRracoon", which caught on.

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. "We didn't see it and thought, it went away - that's great!"

The raccoon has gotten Twitter so excited that someone has even started an account on the critter's behalf: "The St. Paul Raccoon".

Laurie Brickley, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Safety & Inspections, which oversees animal control, said, "We've been in touch with wildlife organizations".

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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