Paul raccoon safely trapped on tower roof

'MPR raccoon' scales UBS Tower in St. Paul

The critter was spotted climbing up the corner of the UBS tower just before 3 a.m. Wednesday, presumably to find a stash of cat food and a live trap waiting to secure it on the building's roof. By early Wednesday, the animal made it to the roof, where St. Paul Animal Control had placed cat food and a trap in hopes of enticing the animal to safety.

"I made a big mistake", said an afternoon post on a Twitter account created for the raccoon before it climbed down a few floors later in the day.

The little raccoon's story began Monday when several downtown Twitter users snapped photos of the animal stranded on a second-story ledge near the Seventh Street skyway and Cedar Street, where it had apparently found a pigeon nest.

The animal was later released on private property near the Twin Cities suburb of Shakopee.

The St. Paul Raccoons jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds being donated to the Minnesota Wildlife Services.

On Tuesday, building maintenance workers were able to get the little guy to move, but he unfortunately took a more unsafe route, climbing UBS Tower next door.

Instead, it hopped over to the UBS building next door, and began climbing.

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.

It's safe to assume at this point, the raccoon wants nothing more than to get safely home-and we're rooting for him all the way there.

"This raccoon has to rescue itself", Nelson said.

"I was talking to a wildlife expert yesterday who said there might be a dozen or two dozen of these raccoons in every square mile here in Minnesota - they're everywhere".

At the same time, workers in the building were documenting the raccoon's journey as she climbed past their office windows.

Opening the window to let the animal in seemed to be the solution, but the windows of the building are sealed shut, media reported.

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