Raccoon survives massive electric shock
NICOSIA (Reuters) – A raccoon suffered an 11,000 volt electric shock when it scampered up a pylon in Cyprus but escaped with burns.
The nocturnal mammal triggered a two hour power outage at the town of Aradippou in southeast Cyprus after it scaled the pylon. It was eventually captured with a net and has been impounded by vets as an illegal import.
“It suffered some burns which we treated and is now recovering … it certainly has the will to live,” Charalambos Kakoyiannis of the island’s veterinary department said on Thursday.
Raccoons, a native of the Americas, were introduced to Europe last century but are alien to Cyprus and authorities said the animal, whose owner was unknown, was smuggled onto the island.