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Raccoon successfully scales MN skyscraper after capturing hearts on social media

(RNN) - Thanks to a harrowing journey up the side of a skyscraper, a raccoon in St. Paul, MN, climbed its way to modest social media stardom before it finally reached the top of the 25-floor building.

Tim Nelson, a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio, live-tweeted the climb, including the good news that the raccoon reached the roof Wednesday around 2:45 a.m. CT.

The daredevil began its ascent Tuesday morning, climbing 12 stories shortly before noon, according to Nelson. 

As it made its way to a window ledge a few stories up, onlookers began to post pictures online.

In spite of the crowd, no one was able to help the critter until it reached the roof because the building's windows don't open, according to the Washington Post.

The raccoon reached as high as the 23rd floor before night fell. Nelson captured an up-close video of the raccoon “doing a little grooming” on the 23rd floor window ledge.

At this point, one misstep would cost the raccoon its life.

Animal control filled the roof with the aroma of food to encourage the raccoon to climb further upward.

Nelson said wildlife experts cautioned anyone from getting close to it because it might be startled into leaping.

After darkness fell, it appeared the raccoon was going to climb back down the building. Nelson reported it made it back to the 17th floor.

But the raccoon then changed direction and headed back up, finally arriving on the roof.

Cat food and a live trap were waiting for the creature on top.

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