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June 13, 2018 03:21 PM

Raccoon That Climbed St. Paul Tower Set Free

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)

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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