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Raccoon that scaled St. Paul skyscraper is safely caught

Social media has been agape as the critter climbed the 25-story UBS tower.

UPDATE 7.30 a.m.

You'll be glad to know that the #MPRRaccoon made it safely to the top of UBS Tower a little shortly after 2:30 a.m.

MPR's Tim Nelson reports that the raccoon has been safely trapped.

Also, while you're here, check out this "Mission Impossible" video from KARE 11's Alicia Lewis.

Original story

St. Paul is the talk of social media on Tuesday as an intrepid raccoon scales the face of a 20-story skyscraper.

The critter was first spotted stranded on a ledge earlier this week by MPR reporter Tim Nelson, earning the monicker #MPRRaccoon.

On Tuesday it has been the subject of live streaming and up-to-the-minute coverage on social media as he started climbing the UBS tower.

I mean seriously, LOOK AT THIS DAREDEVIL.

As of Tuesday afternoon, #MPRRaccoon was the second highest trending topic on Twitter in the entire United States.

Those working in the UBS building have been posting pictures on the occasions the raccoon stopped to take a rest.

The bizarre and oddly compelling scene in downtown St. Paul has been captivating followers, who have become incredibly invested in the animal's safety on its perilous journey.

Local animal control says when it reaches the top they can set a trap and safely take it in – otherwise we'll have to hope for the intervention of a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

We'll update this story should the situation change.

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