Ba­boon zaps power to tourist town

The Times (South Africa) - - WORLD -

A BA­BOON plunged a Zam­bian tourist town into dark­ness on Sun­day af­ter tam­per­ing with equip­ment at a hy­dro­elec­tric power sta­tion, the state elec­tric­ity com­pany said yes­ter­day.

The 108MW power sta­tion in the town of Liv­ing­stone, a hub for tourists vis­it­ing nearby Vic­to­ria Falls, is close to a na­tional park, but it is rare for an­i­mals to wan­der into the plant.

Zam­bian state-owned power com­pany Zesco, which owns the power sta­tion, said the ba­boon dis­turbed a high-volt­age trans­former, caus­ing a black­out that left about 40 000 cus­tomers without elec­tric­ity for five hours.

“The ba­boon suf­fered an elec­tric shock and was taken to wildlife of­fi­cers for treat­ment,” Zesco spokesman Henry Ka­p­ata said.

He added that the an­i­mal was for­tu­nate to sur­vive.

In a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent last year, a mon­key caused a na­tion­wide black­out in Kenya. —

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