Map of power outages caused by squirrels

Cyber Squirrel 1 is a Google-powered map that tracks power outages caused by small animals. Occasionally buzzards cause some chaos, but it is mostly the fault of squirrels. Pictured above is the map for December, 2015.

Previously on Boing Boing:

Squirrels and raccoons attack, Northern California reels under onslaught

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  1. A raccoon tangled with a 23,000 volt line today. The results blacked out 1400 homes and, of course, one raccoon.
    - Steel City News

  2. ravuya says:

    A couple years ago, I was visiting my parents' house when there was a loud bang and the power suddenly went out.

    We went out onto the front lawn and there's a gently smouldering pile of fur on the grass in front of the power pole in their yard.

    Municipal power comes by after we call their trouble line and sure enough it was a squirrel that shorted something expensive-looking across its body. Squirrels apparently make pretty alright conductors for a very short period of time.

    By this point, all the neighbours (also without power) have filed out onto the street to watch the friendly neighborhood utilities guy lift the crumbling remains of dead rodents off our lawn.

    As he leaves, he tells the assembled crowd that this wasn't even his first squirrel of the day.

  3. "squirrels"

  4. Ratel says:

    The outlines of their battle plan is becoming apparent.

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