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Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, captivating public

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    A raccoon stretches out on a windowsill high above downtown St. Paul, Minn. The raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in St. Paul captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building.

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    A raccoon stretches itself on the window sill of the Paige Donnelly Law Firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn. The raccoon stranded on the ledge of the building in St. Paul captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling the office building.

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    A raccoon scurries up the side of the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn.

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    A raccoon sits on a ledge on the Town Square building in downtown St. Paul, Minn.

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    A raccoon scales the side of the UBS Tower in downtown St. Paul, Minn.

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    A raccoon scrambles along a ledge on the side of the Town Square building in downtown St. Paul, Minn.

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

Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter’s progress at it climbed the UBS Tower today, interrupting work and causing anxiety for some. By Tuesday afternoon, it had stopped on a ledge more than 20 stories 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 Tuesday morning, just a few stories high. St. Paul Animal Control believed it may have been there all night before it started heading skyward.

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