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Climbing MPR Raccoon has been trapped

14 June 2018

People across the nation are hoping for a safe ending for the #MPRraccoon, who has become a sensation as he began to climb higher and higher on UBS Tower in downtown St. Paul.

The raccoon's plight captivated and captured the hearts of Minnesotans and fans everywhere, who tuned into Twitter, anxiously awaiting news of her fate as she began to scale the concrete building.

A raccoon stretches itself on the 23rd floor of a tower in Minnesota, US.

We certainly hope this all ends happily, but we can't say exactly when that will be.

Laurie Brickley, spokeswoman for the St. Paul Animal Control Department, told BuzzFeed News all the attention might have spooked the raccoon, causing it to stand pat and not move from its spot.

A raccoon stretches itself on the window sill of the Paige Donnelly Law Firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Tower in St. Paul Minn. Tuesday
Watch: Raccoon's attempt to scale large office block captivates US, watchers hold their breaths as live streams monitor his every move

Evan Frost and Tim Nelson, journalists with Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), documented the raccoon's nerve-wracking journey on Twitter.

Then around 2 a.m. Wednesday, it started climbing again, moving from window to window, until it reached the corner of the UBS Building, then the roof at around 2:30 a.m. On Tuesday, employees occasionally stepped outside to further document the animal's ascent to greatness on Twitter.

By late Tuesday morning, the critter was spotted a few stories up on a window ledge, its brownish body just a smudge on the building's concrete and mottled stone exterior.

Many feared for the raccoon's safety, with more than 4,500 watching a live-stream of its climb to the top.

Nicknamed the #MPRraccoon after a local radio station, the animal drew small crowds and a lot of online support. The drama started after maintenance workers removed the creature from the roof of a St Paul office block.

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Climbing MPR Raccoon has been trapped