June 17, 2018
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Daredevil raccoon rescued after scaling Minnesota office tower

Evan Frost | Minnesota Public Radio via AP
Evan Frost | Minnesota Public Radio via AP
The raccoon that scaled the UBS Plaza was caught Wednesday in a live trap baited with cat food overnight in St. Paul, Minn., and was picked up by Wildlife Management Services. 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 will be released in the wild.
The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minnesota — A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul was safely trapped early Wednesday, and animal control officials were preparing to release it back into the wild.

Chelsey DeMers, assistant general manager of Wildlife Management Services, said the raccoon was caught in a live trap baited with cat food on top of UBS Plaza before dawn Wednesday. Wildlife Management Services provides animal control services for St. Paul.

DeMers said the raccoon was in good condition and able to eat.

[A raccoon is scaling the side of a tall skyscraper, and it’s incredibly stressful]

A company technician was expected to set it free later in the day at a site yet to be determined, DeMers said. The company would need permission to release it on public property, she said, but could also set it free on private property north of the Twin Cities.

The raccoon’s adventures caused a stir on social media as it scaled the tower Tuesday, with many Twitter users voicing concern for its safety or joking about the drama as its climb was livestreamed by several broadcasters. The animal made it to the roof early Wednesday, where the baited traps were waiting.

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio, which broke the story and closely followed the raccoon’s climb from its headquarters less than a block away, branded the animal #mprraccoon.

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