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Monkey Causes Blackout in Kenya

The creature fell onto a transformer at the Gitaru hydroelectric power station.

The entire country of Kenya was left without power for 15 minutes yesterday after a rogue monkey got into a power station and triggered a blackout.

According to a CNN report, the creature fell onto a transformer at the Gitaru hydroelectric power station, said Kenya Electricity Generating Company, or KenGen, which owns the facility. The station is the largest generator in the country.

"This monkey tripped a transformer. This triggered a cascading effect on the other generators which ended up disrupting power generation and distribution in the whole country," Kenya Power spokesman Eric Kathenya told CNN.

Power was restored to some sections of the country within 15 minutes, and within three hours most customers had power again. In a statement posted to the company's Facebook page, the company said the system had been restored and that all power generating units were operating normally.

The monky survived the incident and has been handed over to the Kenyan Wildlife Service.

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