Cat and Mouse Cause Massive Albanian Blackout

Cat-mouse battle leads to blackout in parts of Albanian capital
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2008 6:42 PM CDT
Mercedes-Benz cars stop at a cross walk in Tirana, Albania, April 20, 2007.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – It’s an unlikely reason for a power outage: A cat and mouse engaged in a chase accidentally ran into high-voltage cables at the main power station in Tirana, frying themselves and causing a 72-hour blackout in some districts of the Albanian capital, Reuters reports. Outages are relatively common in Albania, but they usually result from the Soviet-era infrastructure, not the law of the jungle.