Stranded raccoon scales skyscraper in downtown St. Paul

Raccoon scales office tower in Minnesota captivating the public

According to Nelson, when a maintenance crew managed to get the animal to leave the ledge, it only jumped onto a nearby building.

Minnesota Public Radio has dubbed the animal #mprraccoon, while the local Fox affiliate briefly set up a live view of its perch on Periscope.

The raccoon then steadily ascended UBS Tower, taking the time to groom itself and lay down along the way. He started climbing. And he's now on the 22nd floor.

Yes, because this is 2018 there was a Twitter stream dedicated to a racoon who climbed the building and people were actually watching it.

Many citizens posted on Twitter they were concerned for the raccoon's safety and were anxious it had not eaten since it started its journey.

The city's mayor, Melvin Carter, assured raccoon-watchers help was on the way.

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As the raccoon climbed higher and higher on Tuesday, animal welfare officials hoped that it would reach the roof of the UBS Plaza building so it could be trapped.

The account also tweeted: "Oh great ..."

"We have seen him pace back and forth and sniff, but he hasn't moved", said attorney Sheila Donnelly-Coyne. "I made a big mistake", they posted.

By Tuesday afternoon, the St. Paul Fire Department had paid a visit to the ledge-lounging raccoon.

This article was updated to reflect the lack of information on the raccoon's situation following its ascension to the roof.

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