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A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St Paul in the U.S. state of Minnesota was safely trapped early on Wednesday (Wednesday night NZ Time), and animal control officials were preparing to release it back into the wild.

Raccoons are common in the U.S., but are usually found in alleys or riffling through rubbish bins - leading to the common animal nickname "trash panda".

A raccoon ended up in a most precarious place near the top of the UBS building.

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.

A raccoon scaling the side of a skyscraper, Tuesday, has people all across the country watching its every move with bated breath. The windows there don't open, according to office employees who asked not to be named.

The raccoon looked a bit bedraggled but healthy after it was caught before dawn atop the UBS Plaza. Paige Donnelly Law, on the same floor of the tower, said in a tweet that they've been told there are live traps on the roof and they are hoping the raccoon will make it the rest of the way up.

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

The creature reached the roof of the building at 3 a.m. Cat food and a trap awaited him, according to BBC.

On Tuesday, the raccoon slowly scaled the UBS building, reaching the 23rd floor as its legend grew on social media with every floor it climbed.

By Tuesday afternoon, it had stopped on a ledge 20 storeys up for a much-needed nap. Minnesota Public Radio has dubbed the animal #mprraccoon, while the local Fox affiliate briefly set up a live view of its perch on Periscope.

Many people followed the raccoon's adventures and half a dozen Twitter accounts purporting to represent the animal were launched.

"Pray for #mprraccoon", one Twitter user said.

As night descended on St. Paul, the raccoon appeared to start climbing down, before reversing course.


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