Zambian baboon that caused massive power outage gets hospitalized, evades prosecution


A baboon's monkey business left tens of thousands of people without power in Zambia.

A baboon single-handedly managed to leave a whole town without electricity, after it interfered with machinery at a power station.

"So the baboon cut our power station around 06:50 hours", Henry Kapata, a spokesperson for the state-run power company ZESCO, told a local radio station, according to Africa News.

Mr. Kapata has told ZNBC News in an interview in Livingstone that the power disturbance has nothing to do with load-shedding but just an accident involving a curious animal. "The lines the baboon was tampering with are extremely high voltage".

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The monkey survived the electric shock because of its highly insulated palms and has been rescued from the power transformer by officials from Zambia's Department of National Parks and Wildlife. You can see that it was electrocuted in so many ways but it has survived.

A person would also have been prosecuted, Henry Kapata added.

The town is a hub for tourists visiting nearby Victoria Falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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