St. Paul raccoon safely trapped after death-defying climb up downtown tower
By Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A raccoon that became an internet sensation by climbing a 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, has been safely trapped and will be released.
Chelsey DeMers, assistant general manager of the company Wildlife Management Services, says the raccoon was caught in a live trap on top of the UBS Plaza early Wednesday. She says it’s in good condition and is eating and that a company technician is expected to set the animal free later Wednesday at a site yet to be determined.
Onlookers and reporters tracked the raccoon’s progress Tuesday as it scaled the UBS tower. By early Wednesday, the animal made it to the roof, where St. Paul Animal Control had placed cat food and a trap in hopes of enticing the animal to safety.
The raccoon’s adventures caused a stir on social media, with many Twitter users voicing concern for its safety or joking about the drama surrounding the animal’s exploits. Minnesota Public Radio, from a building less than a block away, branded the raccoon #mprraccoon.