Raccoon scales Minnesota office tower, leaving public in suspense

The raccoon was originally stranded on a different nearby building Monday before escaping to a nearby roof and starting its unlikely ascent, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reports.

Not prepared to take a hint, it headed to the neighboring UBS tower - one of the tallest buildings in the city. 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. That's when it started climbing.

Many people followed the raccoon's adventures and half a dozen Twitter accounts purporting to represent the animal were launched.

People encouraged the raccoon to "hang in there".

As the raccoon climbed higher and higher on Tuesday, animal welfare officials hoped that it would reach the roof of the UBS Plaza building so it could be trapped. While some asked what authorities were doing for the creature, Nelson also noted that it's hard to get close to animals that could feel threatened, potentially putting the creature and any workers in more danger.

A raccoon stretches itself on the 23rd floor of a tower in Minnesota, US.

"We have seen him pace back and forth and sniff, but he hasn't moved", said attorney Sheila Donnelly-Coyne.

The raccoon was first spotted on a ledge Tuesday morning.