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Friday, June 22 News

The Latest: Raccoon that climbed St. Paul tower set free

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on a raccoon that climbed an office tower in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

The raccoon that climbed the outside of a 25-story building in Minnesota before being lured into a trap with cat food has been set free.

Christina Valdivia is general manager of Wildlife Management Services, which helped capture the animal. She says the raccoon was released around midday Wednesday on private residential property near the Twin Cities suburb of Shakopee.

The animal became an internet sensation before being captured early Wednesday on top of UBS Plaza in downtown St. Paul. It looked a bit bedraggled, but Valdivia says the animal is healthy and in good condition.

The raccoon's adventures caused a stir on social media as it scaled the tower Tuesday. Many Twitter users voiced concern for its safety or joked about the drama as the raccoon's seemly death-defying climb was livestreamed.

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8:50 a.m.

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

Chelsey DeMers, assistant general manager of the company Wildlife Management Services, says the raccoon was caught in a live trap on top of UBS Plaza early Wednesday. She says it's in good condition and is eating and that a company technician is expected to set the animal free later Wednesday at a site yet to be determined.

The raccoon's adventures caused a stir on social media as it scaled the tower 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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7:45 a.m.

A raccoon that appeared to be stranded on a ledge after climbing more than 20 stories of a high-rise office building in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, has made it to the roof, easing concerns that the animal could plummet to its death.

Onlookers and reporters tracked the raccoon's progress Tuesday as it scaled UBS Plaza. By early Wednesday, the animal made it to the roof, where St. Paul Animal Control had placed cat food and a trap in hopes of enticing the animal to safety.

The raccoon's adventures caused a stir on social media, with many Twitter users voicing concern for its safety or joking about the drama surrounding the animal's exploits. Minnesota Public Radio, from a building less than a block away, branded the raccoon #mprraccoon.

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This item has been corrected to show the building is called UBS Plaza, not UBS Tower.

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