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After Scaling 25-Storey US Skyscraper, 'Champ' Raccoon Becomes Internet's Darling

The raccoon’s saga began about two days ago when the brown, masked critter was spotted stranded on a ledge of the office tower.

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Updated:June 14, 2018, 8:08 AM IST
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After Scaling 25-Storey US Skyscraper, 'Champ' Raccoon Becomes Internet's Darling
The raccoon sits on a window sill of the UBS Plaza building in the US.
Minnesota: A raccoon that climbed to the top of a 25-storey St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper early on Wednesday was captured after becoming a star on the web, where it won the hearts of followers across the United States and around the globe.

“After a delicious meal of soft cat food, #mprraccoon has been caught and will be picked up by Wildlife Management. Goodbye friend!” said a tweet issued by the building’s management, UBS Plaza.

At a little before 3am local time, the animal made it to the roof of the building after it took an hours-long break on a 17th floor window sill, according to live feed posted by local media.

Atop the building, animal control officers put pungent cat food in traps, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported.
A reporter for the newspaper also tweeted that a private wildlife management company will release the animal “somewhere safe”.

“I am so proud of this little rascal - such a fricking champ!!!!” said Dana Frazer as she watched a live feed of the raccoon's climb on Periscope, a live streaming site.

The raccoon’s saga began about two days ago when the brown, masked critter was spotted stranded on a ledge of the office tower.

On Tuesday, the raccoon slowly scaled the building, reaching the 23rd floor as its legend grew on social media with every floor it climbed.

As it ascended, well-wishers gathered on the sidewalk below to take photos and root for its safety.

On Twitter, office workers posted photos and videos of the raccoon resting on sills and climbing up the building's pebbled concrete exterior.

The hashtag #mprraccoon was trending on Wednesday where fans anxiously watched developments of the raccoon’s stunt.

“Way to go little raccoon. The world was watching & rooting for you!” said a Twitter user that goes by The Lockwood Echo in the United Kingdom.

One Twitter post said the celebrity raccoon had succeeded in uniting the country the way no politician could.

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