The unusual outage lasted for a few hairy hours.
Stray Cat
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A wayward feline was responsible for a large-scale power outage impacting more than 7,500 New Orleans residents Monday morning, The Times-Picayune reports. The largest outages were in the Mid-City, Central City and Broadmoor neighborhoods.

The outage lasted for a few hairy hours but was restored fully before noon. By then, the bizarre story had already gone viral.

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"A cat got into a substation that feeds parts of Uptown, Central City, Mid-City, and the CBD, and caused a flash when it came into contact with our equipment," Entergy New Orleans wrote on Twitter. "Crews are safely working to make equipment repairs and restore power to all as quickly as possible."

Un-fur-tunately, the cat did not survive the incident, which company spokeswoman Charlotte Cavel called "unusual," but not unheard of.

"Generally, squirrels and other small animals find their way in," the company stated. "Entergy installs protective devices to help keep animals out of our equipment not only to avoid power outages, but also to keep animals out of harm's way."

Our deepest sympathies for this curious cat.