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Raccoon Is Rescued Atop Building In Minnesota, After Capturing Fans Worldwide

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With the Minnesota State Capitol in the background, a wily raccoon scampered on ledges more than 20 stories high this week. Sheila Donnelly-Coyne/Paige Donnelly Law hide caption

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With the Minnesota State Capitol in the background, a wily raccoon scampered on ledges more than 20 stories high this week.

Sheila Donnelly-Coyne/Paige Donnelly Law

Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET

For hours, its life was like a highlight reel of daring stunts and escapes – but now, a raccoon that mesmerized people by climbing a tall building in St. Paul, Minn., has been trapped and is safe.

"In our office we are just glad he is safe. We were all worried about him," says Sheila Donnelly-Coyne, an attorney whose firm, Paige Donnelly, is on the 23rd floor of the UBS building.

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The raccoon was spotted more than 20 stories above street level, in a downtown escapade that our colleagues at Minnesota Public Radio tracked closely — it was, after all, just across the street from them, giving them front-row seats as the animal avoided death and capture with equal aplomb.

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The #mprraccoon peers inside a law firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Bank building on Tuesday. The animal has reportedly been captured. Sheila Donnelly-Coyne/Paige Donnelly Law hide caption

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The #mprraccoon peers inside a law firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Bank building on Tuesday. The animal has reportedly been captured.

Sheila Donnelly-Coyne/Paige Donnelly Law

Dubbed the #mprraccoon on Twitter, the raccoon drew thousands of breathless observers as it scampered, scaled and explored its unlikely high-rise habitat. Its occasional naps were followed closely, analyzed for clues about its mental state, hopes and dreams.

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter spun its adventure as a positive for the city's tourism industry — proof that even a raccoon knew Minnesota's capital "is a great place to reach for higher heights."

Meanwhile, tensions were reaching such great heights of their own that a local Good Samaritan roughly two dozen stories below the raccoon even — rather ambitiously — offered to catch the little one.

Here it is, #MPRRaccoon’s valiant climb to the top of the UBS Center in Downtown St. Paul, this morning. @KARE11 @MPRnews pic.twitter.com/ot1DPNeRF5

— D.P. (@DPet_KARE11News) June 13, 2018

Happily, no such extreme measures were necessary.

Folks with the UBS Plaza announced Wednesday morning that the raccoon had reached the roof overnight, grabbed a snack of soft cat food and found itself trapped in one of the cages laid out for it there.

After a delicious meal of soft cat food, #mprraccoon has been caught and will be picked up by Wildlife Management. Goodbye friend! pic.twitter.com/twcBPpjOQk

— UBS Plaza (@ubs_plaza) June 13, 2018

Tad Vezner of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the building's management hired the local Wildlife Management Services to trap the raccoon.

"A staffer at the private firm said they were still arranging for a live release," Vezner notes. "She added that the firm's technicians live in the rural areas of Rogers and Zimmerman, Minn., beyond the northwest Twin Cities exurbs, and they would typically release it there."

So, what inspired its Alex Honnold-like heroics? Probably something pretty mundane.

Before it became an online sensation, the #mprraccoon was likely looking for food in a lower skyway, Tim Nelson of MPR News reported. He said the animal had been stranded on the building for at least two days.

At any rate, it's now safe. Celebrate the feat with this little supercut of the raccoon's great upward scamper, courtesy of Alicia Lewis of local NBC affiliate KARE.

What you've all been waiting for… #MissionImpossible #MPRraccoon 🤣 @kare11 @ElleryTV @DPet_KARE11News @timnelson_mpr pic.twitter.com/SZKNem45yf

— Alicia Lewis (@alicialewisKARE) June 13, 2018

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