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story.lead_photo.caption A raccoon stretches itself on the window sill of the Paige Donnelly Law Firm on the 23rd floor of the UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The raccoon stranded on the ledge of the building in St. Paul captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling the office building. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — 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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  • Eyetrytoo
    June 13, 2018 at 1:26 p.m.

    As mankind has destroyed the natural habitat of wildlife, only the wise and resourceful animals are able to adapt and survive. This is truly a survivalist.

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