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Raccoon survives massive electric shock

May 18, 2006

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.


Source: reuters