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Free Climbing Raccoon Captures Hearts and Minds Scaling Minnesota Skyscraper

13 June 2018

Minnesota got its very own friendly neighborhood Spider-Raccoon Tuesday - and Twitter can't look away.

This all started at about 11 a.m. Tuesday when Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson noticed the fuzzy friend trapped on an overhang near the bottom of the UBS Building in downtown St. Paul.

Many people followed the raccoon's adventures and half a dozen Twitter accounts purporting to represent the animal were launched.

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.

As of Tuesday morning, it was 12 stories high, seen taking a nap outside a window. He started climbing. And he's now on the 22nd floor.

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When building workers attempted to nab the raccoon from the ledge, it scurried over to UBS Plaza.

Earlier, St. Paul Animal Control had dispatched officials to the roof to set live traps.

It's the whole talk of MPR today (follow the #mprraccoon hashtag on social media, and find more coverage at MPR News), but I'm nearly afraid to watch.

But an hour later he had still not reached the top, but was taking some time to get camera-ready in light of his newfound fame.

The critter even had an account created in its honor, its first tweet reading, "I made a big mistake".

Free Climbing Raccoon Captures Hearts and Minds Scaling Minnesota Skyscraper