Paul’s Skyscraper-Scaling Raccoon Captivates Internet

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Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon #mprraccoon, a hashtag that spread around the world.

By Tuesday afternoon, the St. Paul Fire Department had paid a visit to the ledge-lounging raccoon. Around 12:30 p.m., Pioneer Press reporter Tad Vezner captured a couple of shots of the raccoon apparently taking a nap on the other side of the window. At one point, a small crowd had gathered on the street to see what would happen next.

Right now in Minnesota, a humble raccoon has taken on a lofty challenge: it's scaling a skyscraper, and we're all really anxious about it.

The building emblazoned with the logo of the UBS bank is next door to the MPR offices in St Paul, Minnesota, leaving the public broadcaster with a clear view of the ascending mammal, NPR reported. He started climbing. And he's now on the 22nd floor.

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People encouraged the raccoon to "hang in there".

The account also tweeted: "Oh great ..." St. Paul Animal Control believed it may have been there all night before it started heading skyward.

The raccoon has gained a social media following around the country, as people hope the little creature makes it to the top of the building.

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.