A red squirrel feasts on the sunflower seeds Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki

A red squirrel circumvented an animal guard at a substation on West Street Monday night, connecting with energized equipment and leaving about 3,400 Central Maine Power Customers in the Freeport area in the dark for several hours.

“Even though there was an animal guard, [the squirrel] got underneath and around it, and got into contact with energized equipment and knocked out circuits,” CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice said Wednesday morning.

Power went out just before 9:30 p.m. for customers in Freeport as well as a few in Pownal and Durham, Rice said.

Crews restored electricity to about 350 accounts fairly quickly, and the rest were back up by 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, she said.

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