Baboon causes power cut in Zambian tourist town

18 Juillet, 2017, 03:17 | Author: Cyril Hebras
  • Baboon causes power cut in Zambian tourist town

A baboon in Zambia has interfered with machinery at a power station in a tourist town near Victoria Falls, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people for several hours.

Baboons are a common sight around Livingstone.

State broadcaster ZNBC says the blackout affected residents in Livingstone and surrounding areas on Sunday and reports that it was caused by an accident involving "a curious animal".

Zesco Spokesperson Henry Kapata said the the power company was already on the ground working to correct the damage.

Baboon causes power cut in Zambian tourist town

The baboon was rescued by a wildlife organisation and is now recovering but has "serious wounds", he told the BBC.

While the electric shock would have killed any human, the baboon survived the high voltage due to the fact the species have highly insulated palms.

In a similar incident past year, a monkey caused a nationwide power outage in Kenya.

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