Raccoon scales Minnesota office tower, leaving public in suspense

A raccoon that spent much of Tuesday climbing a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minn., has gathered a crowd of anxious followers from around the world.

Onlookers watch anxiously as critter inches up 25-storey building

A raccoon scratches itself on the 23rd floor ledge of the UBS Plaza in St. Paul, Minn., on Tuesday. (Evan Frost/MPR News/Associated Press)

A raccoon that spent much of Tuesday climbing a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minn., has gathered a crowd of anxious followers from around the world. 

Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter's progress as it scaled the 25-storey UBS Tower, reaching, by late afternoon, a ledge on the 23rd floor, where it appeared to take a break.

Local news outlets and office workers inside the building tracked its progress on social media throughout the day. Minnesota Public Radio has dubbed the animal #mprraccoon, while the local Fox affiliate briefly set up a live view of its perch on Periscope.

Many expressed concern for the raccoon's safety — wondering aloud about possible rescue scenarios. The building's windows don't open, according to MPR. 

"Can't someone scale down and save him?" asked one person on Twitter. 

"Put mattresses and bean bag chairs all around that side of the building," offered another. 

The adventure started on Monday when, according to one local reporter the raccoon got stranded, "likely on an errant mission to raid pigeon nests." 

It moved to the neighbouring UBS Tower, and started climbing up, not down. 

The woodland creature also soon had its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying, "I made a big mistake." 

Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter's progress as it scaled the 25-storey UBS Tower. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio/Associated Press)

With files from CBC News