The curious squirrel unfortunately did not survive to tell the tale.
Parts of Columbia, South Carolina experienced power outages Monday, all thanks to a squirrel. The sneaky critter had somehow scurried across a Dominion Energy transformer and damaged it.
Unfortunately, the squirrel did not live to tell the tale, spokesperson Matt Long of the power company said.
“There’s a lot of energy going through that equipment,” Long said, according to the Associated Press. “Usually, let’s say if an animal touches an energized part and a grounded part, that would create a current flow through the animal’s body and stop its heart from beating.”
He added that while he’s not sure if that’s what happened, a fall after the shock could have also led to the squirrel's death.
Meanwhile, another power outage in the city occurred after a dump truck hit some wires.
Even though nearly 1,800 people in the city had no power for a period of time, power has since been restored, Long said.