Internet on edge as daredevil raccoon scales Minnesota skyscraper

Climbing raccoon prompts live stream, photos and hashtag #MPRraccoon as world watches

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

The raccoon was originally spotted on the roof of a nearby office block and was safely removed by maintenance workers. But rather than find safety elsewhere, it jumped over to the UBS tower, one of the largest skyscrapers in the city, where it has been scaling the building all day, and, at the time of writing, was over 200ft above the ground.

MPR News, the local public radio station, helped break the story and since then the world has been following the plight of the raccoon on the hashtag #MPRraccoon.

Ben (@Johnson88Ben)

My picture from the 13th floor around noon. Hope he makes it down OK! #mprraccoon pic.twitter.com/gfVWysn9iO

June 12, 2018

Grant Kamin (@GrantKamin)

#mprracoon was in good spirits earlier. @timnelson_mpr pic.twitter.com/wK2HzEh2bS

June 12, 2018

Other local stations have begun livestreaming the raccoons movements with thousands of viewers, although there has been little movement in the past few hours.

On Tuesday afternoon, the raccoon could be seen holding steady on a window a few floors from the top of the building. Tim Nelson, who has been reporting the story for MPR, has filmed it stretching and grooming itself.

Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr)

Would you be this relaxed after climbing 21 stories up the outside of an office tower? #mprraccoon Thanks @donnelly_law for the hospitality! pic.twitter.com/SsFBZc0C0z

June 12, 2018

Paige Donnelly law (@donnelly_law)

He is on the ledge on our floor. He seems to be doing well. Weve been told that the building has live traps on the roof and are trying to get him to go up there. We all just have to keep our fingers crossed.. #mprraccoon pic.twitter.com/HY1PkuFKz0

June 12, 2018

If the raccoon does make it to the top of the tower, the citys department of safety inspections plans to set a trap for it, so they can safely take return it to ground level.

As night fell the animal could be seen descending the building.

Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr)

The #mprraccoon is that little dark spot up on the building. He’s coming down, one floor at a time. Four stories so far. pic.twitter.com/emHwCh8gts

June 13, 2018

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/12/raccoon-climbs-building-skyscraper-st-louis-minnesota-twitter

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