06/26/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

'Suicide Squirrel' Darkens U Of Alaska Campus

Power was down on UAF's entire main campus Thursday morning, leading to some cancelled classes and a lot of cold showers. Officials believe that a squirrel was to blame for the Earth Day power outage.

UAF lost power after a failure at a Golden Valley Electric Association substation off University Avenue caused UAF's main turbine to fail. A squirrel was found lying next to the substation, burnt from electrocution, and is believed to have caused the outage. Many students said they were thankful that the animal sacrificed itself so that Springfest could start early by canceling or cutting short afternoon classes.

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