Er, boss... there’s a rac­coon by my win­dow

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MOST of­fice work­ers might ex­pect to see noth­ing more on their win­dow ledge than the odd pi­geon.

So when a rac­coon ap­peared many floors up on the out­side of a 25-storey build­ing in the US, it be­came an in­stant celebrity.

The furry mam­mal was spot­ted on the high-rise UBS build­ing in St Paul, Min­nesota, on Tues­day.

Crowds, some with binoc­u­lars, gath­ered in the square be­low to watch as the rac­coon scur­ried up and down the build­ing, oc­ca­sion­ally paus­ing to rest on win­dow ledges, to the sur­prise of work­ers in­side.

Lo­cal me­dia broad­cast its per­ilous an­tics for al­most a day, mak­ing it an in­ter­net and Twit­ter sen­sa­tion – some­thing of a change for an an­i­mal usu­ally re­garded as a pest for its habit of go­ing through rub­bish bins.

Evan Frost, a jour­nal­ist with Min­nesota Pub­lic Ra­dio which is based op­po­site the build­ing, said: ‘One of my col­leagues spot­ted the rac­coon sit­ting on a ledge. It looked like a brown lump, al­most like a cat sit­ting there. Two work­ers got out a cou­ple of long planks, mak­ing a kind of lad­der for it.’ But the ini­tial res­cue at­tempt failed and the rac­coon was scared up­ward. It then spent most of the day climb­ing up and down the build­ing.

In the small hours, how­ever, the rac­coon was even­tu­ally caught at the top of the struc­ture. An­i­mal wel­fare teams cap­tured it in a live trap filled with cat food and later re­leased it into the wild.

Rac­coon with a view: The an­i­mal sits on a win­dow ledge out­side the 25-storey build­ing

High life: The an­i­mal, cir­cled. Above right: Climb­ing past a win­dow

Safe: After be­ing cap­tured

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