He made it! The #mprraccoon has reached the roof
It’s OK, everyone — you can stop holding your breath. At least for now.
The so-called #mprraccoon that held the world rapt on Tuesday as it scaled a downtown St. Paul skyscraper has finally topped the building.
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.
The #mprraccoon just made it to the roof! Video courtesy @DPet_KARE11News pic.twitter.com/Wb5xPsANZh
— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 13, 2018
It brought an end to a day of drama as people around the world worried that the basketball-sized raccoon would lose its grip as it climbed or slip off a window ledge hundreds of feet above the light rail tracks running down Cedar Street in St. Paul.
The drama began Monday when the animal appeared to be stranded in a niche in the wall of the Town Square building at Seventh and Cedar streets. A day later, building maintenance personnel tried to rescue the animal by rigging up a 20-foot-length of lumber by screwing two-by-fours together.
The raccoon had other ideas. It escaped to the roof of the two-story building, then climbed another 20 stories up the side of the nearby UBS tower, as people gathered on the street below taking photos, video and creating a buzz online. By Tuesday evening, the critter had scampered up to the 23rd floor for a long nap.
By about 10:30 p.m., the raccoon had decided on a change of scenery. It slowly descended to the 17th floor and hung out for a while on a new window ledge before making its way back up the office tower.
Finally, the good news — we hope — came at 2:45 a.m.: The little raccoon that could had done it. It had reached the roof.