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Skyscraper-scaling raccoon finally makes it to the top, but its fate remains unknown...

The intrepid animal has spent most of the last 24 hours climbing up and down the outside of the UBS Plaza building in St Paul, Minnesota.

Updated Jun 13th 2018, 9:15 AM

Stranded Raccoon The raccoon taking a break on the 23rd floor of the UBS Plaza Source: AP

A RACCOON STRANDED on the ledge of a building in St Paul, Minnesota, has captivated onlookers and generated massive interest on social media after it started scaling an office building.

Having scaled the UBS Plaza building, the animal then made a slow descent overnight, before clambering back up the walls and emerging onto the roof just before 9am Irish time.

A livestream of the descent was broadcast live online – you can view it here.

The fate of the furry explorer is currently unknown. It’s understood that a number of raccoon traps are in place on the roof of the skyscraper, so it may well currently be incarcerated.

The animal’s progress previously appeared to have been hampered by the television lights trained on it by local media.

Stranded Raccoon Source: Evan Frost | MPR News

Stranded Raccoon

Stranded Raccoon

Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter’s progress as it climbed the UBS Tower on Tuesday afternoon, interrupting work and causing anxiety for some. By yesterday afternoon, it had stopped on a ledge more than 20 storeys high.

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon. The woodland creature also had its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying: “I made a big mistake.” Many feared for the raccoon’s safety.

The raccoon was first spotted on a ledge yesterday morning, just a few storeys up. St Paul Animal Control believed it may have been there all night before it started heading skyward.

- With AP

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