Paul raccoon reaches roof after death-defying climb up downtown tower

Paul raccoon reaches roof after death-defying climb up downtown tower

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

On Twitter, they're calling #MPRraccoon "The hero we never knew we needed".

Christina Valdivia with Wildlife Management Services said the company had been called to address the raccoon before it even started climbing the building.

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At this point, people had become so captivated by the raccoon's perilous journey that, when the Fox 9 channel ended its live stream before the animal's perilous climb came to its conclusion, viewers took to Twitter to express their outrage.

Photos on social media showed the little dude, dubbed #MPRRacoon by Minnesota Public Radio, scaling past St. Paul office windows.

It was first spotted on a ledge Tuesday morning, just a few storeys high.

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

The story was picked up by Minnesota Public Radio and the raccoon's saga - with the hashtag "mprraccoon" went viral.

Twitter has been closely following the plight of the li'l' guy the entire time - posting updates about his direction of travel up and down the UBS building and heaps of shots of him luxuriating on ledges.

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

The raccoon was then taken to private land in the southwest suburbs of the Twin Cities and released back into the wild by Wildlife Management Services, the organization said on Facebook.

By 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, the raccoon did make it onto the roof of the UBS Tower. People had songs for the raccoon (to the tune of AC/DC).

James Gunn, who directed Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that featured a smartass character named Rocket Raccoon, said he will donate $1,000 to a charity for anyone who rescues the raccoon.

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