Raccoon scales skyscraper in Minnesota

Mprraccoon making its dash to the top of the tower

Mprraccoon making its dash to the top of the tower

A raccoon that spent much of Tuesday climbing a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minn., has gathered a crowd of anxious followers from around the world.

By lunchtime, Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Nelson tweeted, the raccoon had climbed 12 stories up the UBS Tower - and things were getting stressful. The poor furry critter has been sky-high since Monday, NPR reports.

The building's windows don't open, so assistance won't be easy. The building's formal name is UBS Plaza. But that was nothing compared to the social media reactions to seeing the raccoon.

Frost told BBC a colleague barely noticed the raccoon at first. It napped for several hours on the window ledge before moving up and on, this time scaling to the 23rd floor - the last remaining floor with windows, or ledges.

And now we can all stop pretending that we like raccoons. "Two workers in the building got out a couple of long planks - sort of making a kind of ladder for it".

Then it started to climb.

Yes, because this is 2018 there was a Twitter stream dedicated to a racoon who climbed the building and people were actually watching it. According to the Washington Post, the animal had at one point Tuesday afternoon paused on a ledge 20 stories off the ground.

Even people far away from the unfolding drama, such as Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, worried.

It brought an end to a day of drama as people around the world anxious that the basketball-sized raccoon would lose its grip as it climbed or slip off a window ledge hundreds of feet above the light rail tracks running down Cedar Street in St. Paul.

Laurie Brickley, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Safety & Inspections, which oversees animal control, said, "We've been in touch with wildlife organizations". We hope you make it to the top safely. "It's already shown it's adept at climbing".