As the sun set in St. Paul, Minnesota Tuesday, this raccoon settled into his temporary home.
A raccoon in Minnesota has become an unlikely social media star after scaling an office tower in the state's capital.
"It's definitely a healthy raccoon".
"The best option is leaving it alone and hoping it will make it to the top in the evening", she said.
There is a live trap on the roof of the building with some very aromatic cat food they hope will lure the raccoon to safety. The raccoon, a female, was released later in the day and scampered into a wooded area on private property near the Twin Cities suburb of Shakopee.
Among those riveted was Suzanne MacDonald, a raccoon behavior expert at York University in Toronto.
The animal appeared to start climbing down the building as nightfall arrived, but was soon spotted reversing course. I never knew raccoon could scale a building!'
Nelson said wildlife experts cautioned anyone from getting close to it because it might be startled into leaping. And around 12:30 p.m., Pioneer Press reporter Tad Vezner captured a couple of shots of the raccoon apparently taking a nap on the other side of the window.
Animal control filled the roof with the aroma of food to encourage the raccoon to climb further upward.
The windows on the 305-foot skyscraper do not open and window washers could not rescue the animal.
Dubbed the #mprraccoon on Twitter, the raccoon drew thousands of breathless observers as it scampered, scaled and explored its unlikely high-rise habitat. It safely climbed down on its own. Were you even aware that there was a raccoon who spent the better part of Tuesday, and some of Wednesday, climbing to the top of a skyscraper in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota?