Minnesota raccoon safely trapped

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NBC News (NBC) - UPDATE: The adventurous raccoon that scaled a Minnesota office building is now safely inside a cage on the roof.

The little guy's journey captivated local onlookers as well as the rest of the world, watching the climb on the internet.

It become a sensation as it began to climb higher and higher on UBS Plaza in downtown St. Paul.

The raccoon was first spotted on Monday, when it was only two floors up on the outside of the Town Square building.

An effort to build a makeshift ramp for it to climb down didn't work and the spooked raccoon instead made its way to the UBS Tower and began going up.

It was more than 20 floors up by Tuesday afternoon. At about 10:30 p.m. CT, the raccoon began to descend from the 23rd floor, making it to the 17th story.

But at some point, the critter reversed course again, apparently climbing from a window ledge to the very top, and was on the roof, out of sight. There was no word on whether it made its way to a live trap on the roof with some very aromatic cat food it was hoped would lure the raccoon to safety.

Nearby Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon. The woodland creature also had its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying, “I made a big mistake.”