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Raccoon scales 20-story skyscraper, rises to social media stardom

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(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — A furry, masked critter that scaled a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota, has become a social media sensation overnight.

The raccoon was spotted climbing the ledges along the UBS Financial Services building downtown before it stopped to rest on a ledge, according to ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Mayor Melvin Carter said on Twitter that city officials were working with building owners to find a way to help the raccoon when he stopped and appeared stuck at one point.

But the daring climber safely made it to the roof by the middle of the night.

Fans of the fearless furry critter celebrated on social media, praising its persistence.

Other fans have created parody videos, set to the Mission Impossible theme music, and posted them to Twitter.

Officials successfully and safely captured the raccoon Wednesday morning with the help of traps and soft cat food.

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