A baboon interfered with electricity installations in Zambia’s tourist capital, Livingstone, and cut power supply to about 50 000 customers.

The spokesperson for the country’s power utility, ZESCO, Mr Henry Kapata said  the animal managed to access a power station in the area this Sunday and tampered with high voltage machines that supply electricity to the southern and western provinces of Zambia.

He said Livingstone’s 28 000 residents and a further 22 000 people in the region were completely without power for about six hours while repair works were carried out.

Mr Kapata said the baboon received a massive electricity shock but it survived with severe burns.

He revealed that the baboon’s electricity shock was caught on CCTV.

Mr Kapata said power has since been restored with the animal handed over to local wildlife authorities for treatment.