‘Playing’ monkeys cause power cut in Barbados

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‘Playing’ monkeys cause power cut in Barbados
Animal enthusiast Tony Woodall picking up the monkey after the outage yesterday. (Picture by Reco Moore.)
Animal enthusiast Tony Woodall picking up the monkey after the outage yesterday. (Picture by Reco Moore.)

(BARBADOS NATION) — Three green monkeys caused a power outage in The City on Tuesday morning.

The wandering creatures were playing on a powerline near JG’s Wholesale Discount Centre at the corner of St George Street and Cowell Street when they tripped a breaker, causing the power to go out at surrounding businesses.

“It happened around 10:30 a.m.,” said one eyewitness. “There were three monkeys up on the power line and then I heard an explosion, close to a gunshot. One monkey dropped down and the others ran away.”

Tony Woodall, who was also in the area, decided to take home the monkey, which was in a state of paralysis. He said he had a pet monkey and other animals at home so he would care for the creature until it returned to its normal state.

Later in the day, he reported that the monkey was “doing pretty all right”.

“He is moving around and eating, but he is a little frightened. I will monitor him for the next two days to see if anything is wrong with its limbs.”

Around 11 a.m., two workers from Barbados Light & Power Co. showed up to replace the electrical unit the monkeys had damaged.

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