As the U.S. slept, a small raccoon who first captured the attention of Minnesota, and then the world, did something remarkable.
He made it to the roof.
About 2.30 a.m. a grainy live feed from the scene showed a shadowy figure scurrying up and over the top of a 25-story building, prompting an almost audible sigh of relief from the internet.
For hours on Tuesday, Twitter users followed the exploits of the daredevil free-climbing raccoon.
The drama started after maintenance workers removed the creature from the roof of an office block in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Not prepared to take a hint, it headed to the neighboring UBS tower -- one of the tallest buildings in the city.
Then it started to climb.
People noticed, and before long it had its own Twitter account.
The hashtag #mprraccoon began to trend, attracting celebrity followers.
The city's mayor, Melvin Carter, assured raccoon-watchers help was on the way.
With no balconies or windows that open, office workers inside the building were left to watch anxiously as the raccoon continued its climb.
At the 23rd floor, it stopped for a nap, allowing time for more photos.
He is on the ledge on our floor. He seems to be doing well. We’ve been told that the building has live traps on the roof and are trying to get him to go up there. We all just have to keep our fingers crossed.. #mprraccoon pic.twitter.com/HY1PkuFKz0— Paige Donnelly law (@donnelly_law) June 12, 2018
He stretched a little bit ago then decided to lay down for a nap.He has been sniffing a bit we’re hoping he smells the food they put on the top of the building so that he can get to safety. pic.twitter.com/BBD1Ob0L4r— Paige Donnelly law (@donnelly_law) June 13, 2018
Most recent picturesI left about 25 minutes ago the poor little guy was still there.People have asked and no the windows do not open.We all have to keep our fingers crossed and pray that the little guy makes it the rest of the way to safety food and water. pic.twitter.com/iTmg4ZMXzW— Paige Donnelly law (@donnelly_law) June 13, 2018
As night descended on St. Paul, the raccoon appeared to start climbing down, before reversing course.
Concerned that the raccoon had become trapped, Twitter users called for a host of inventive solutions, including sending up a hot air balloon to take the raccoon to safety.
In the end, there was no need.
Earlier, St. Paul Animal Control had dispatched officials to the roof to set live traps.
The building has told us little guy did go to the live traps and is safely in a cage. Hopefully the little guy will be relaxing in some grass and trees later this morning after his adventure in the city.— Paige Donnelly law (@donnelly_law) June 13, 2018