Raccoon safely trapped after 25-storey tower climb

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A raccoon that became an internet sensation by climbing a 25-storey office tower in Minnesota has been safely trapped and will be released.

The forest creature was caught in a live trap on top of the UBS Tower in St Paul early on Wednesday, said Chelsey DeMers, assistant general manager of the company Wildlife Management Services.

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The raccoon has a rest as it nears the summit (AP)

She said the animal is in good condition and is eating.

A company technician is expected to set the animal free at a site yet to be determined.

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The creature scurries up the UBS Tower in St Paul (AP)

The raccoon’s adventures caused a stir on social media as it scaled the tower on Tuesday, with many Twitter users voicing concern for its safety or joking about the drama as its climb was livestreamed.

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio, which followed its climb, branded it #mprraccoon.

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