Kicker: Racoon star

MARY REICHARD, HOST: A raccoon in St. Paul, Minnesota became a social media sensation this week.

Wildlife rescuer Christina Valdivia says the little fur ball was discovered on a downtown loading dock.

VALDIVA: He was actually eating pigeon eggs, and then when we got there, I believe that the raccoon had been scared up, so that’s why it started climbing.

Started climbing and kept climbing. Internet viewers tracked the raccoon’s progress up the 23-story building. It paused occasionally to nap on window sills before finally making it to the roof.

A trapper caught the raccoon by baiting it with wet cat food.

VALDIVA: Cat food is definitely the cream of the crop for them.

Rescuers then released the now-famous raccoon back into obscurity in the wild.

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(Images: AP: The raccoon rests on a ledge and (R) scales the building)

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