Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, captivating public

Raccoon scales Minnesota office building; fire department trying to lure it down

A raccoon has climbed more than 20 floors high on an office building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson started off a social media firestorm when he first tweeted about the raccoon Tuesday morning with #mprraccoon. "I Believe I Can Fly" is stuck in my head ...

The raccoon has now made its way 23 stories up the exterior of the UBS Financial Services building. The saga has also invited plenty of Marvel jokes, specifically with people weighing in that the raccoon is secretly Rocket, either not handling the tragic events of Avengers: Infinity War particularly well or doing his best to campaign for his own standalone movie.

"We've been told that the building has live traps on the roof and are trying to get him to go up there", Paige Donnelly Law wrote.

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A raccoon is finding itself in deeper and deeper - er, higher and higher - trouble as it climbs downtown St. Paul's UBS Tower.

There is not a whole lot that St. Paul Animal Control can do because a rescue mission would be too unsafe for both the raccoon and the workers.

Even Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn got around the cause, offering $1000 to charity in the name of the person who could save the raccoon. "Poor dude", he wrote on Twitter.

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