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Animal stuck on high-rise ledge becomes social media star

Animal stuck on high-rise ledge becomes social media star

A raccoon spotted in Minnesota Tuesday morning scaled a building and is now 20 stories up.

It was dubbed the #MPRraccoon because Minnesota Public Radio, whose offices are in a nearby building, documented the animal's long, unusual trip.

By Tuesday afternoon, the St. Paul Fire Department had paid a visit to the ledge-lounging raccoon.

Local news outlets and office workers inside the building tracked its progress on social media throughout the day.

The UBS Plaza building is 25 stories tall.

A raccoon got itself into quite the predicament while scaling a tower in St. Paul, Minnesota.

It appeared, by about 1:30 p.m. local time, he had almost reached the top of the building.

Then it started to climb.

Just before 4:30 p.m., the raccoon was seen resting on the 23rd floor. Officials set traps with food hoping to lure it and end the harrowing climb, the Star Tribune reported.

There is not a whole lot that St. Paul Animal Control can do because a rescue mission would be too unsafe for both the raccoon and the workers.

Whatever fate awaits the wild creature, it's now achieved whatever level of fame that an animal hits when it gets multiple Twitter accounts.

"You can do it, Rocket!" they say at one point, a reference many were using to the character of Rocket Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.

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