Watch: Thrill-seeking raccoon captivates internet by climbing 23 floors up skyscraper

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

A daredevil raccoon who put everyone on edge by scaling the giddy heights of a skyscraper is on top of the world after safely making it to the roof.

The furry critter became an instant online celebrity after it found itself stranded on the ledge of a skyscraper in St Paul, Minnesota.

It captivated onlookers and generated huge interest on social media after it started scaling an office building.

The raccoon was stranded on the ledge of a building in Minnesota (PA)
Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter’s progress at it climbed the UBS Tower (PA)

Onlookers and reporters tracked the raccoon’s progress as it climbed the UBS Tower on Tuesday, interrupting work and causing anxiety for some.

By Tuesday afternoon, it had stopped on a ledge more than 20 storeys high.

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon.

The hashtag #mprraccoon began trending as the raccoon’s plight was captured (PA)
Live traps for the raccoon have been set on the roof so it can be safely returned to ground level (PA)

The woodland creature also had its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying: ‘I made a big mistake.”

The raccoon was first spotted on a ledge on Tuesday morning, just a few stories high.

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St Paul Animal Control believed it may have been there all night before it started heading skyward.

Minnesota’s department of safety inspections has set live traps for the raccoon on the roof so it can be safely returned to the ground.