#mprraccoon: Raccoon scales Minnesota skyscraper, captivating millions of anxious viewers

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A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in the U.S. city of St Paul, Minnesota, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building.

The adventurous animal was first spotted Monday on a second-story ledge of the Town Square building.

Instead, it hopped over to the UBS building next door, and began climbing.

A raccoon has climbed more than 20 floors high on an office building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Raccoons are not typically known for their bravery, but one is scaling the UBS tower in Minnesota with death-defying nerve.

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.

The raccoon sits on the ledge of an office window. We've been told that the building has live traps on the roof and are trying to get him to go up there.

Evan Frost, also of MPR News, tweeted the raccoon got a visit from the St. Paul Fire Department, and that cat food has been placed on the roof of the building.

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

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