If you woke up in the dark and cold Thursday morning, and you wondered what the heck, we have the answer although it may not be what you were expecting.

According to KFYR-TV, an owl caused a massive power outage in 17 degrees temperatures Thursday morning around 5 a.m., even effecting several schools in the Lincoln area and the campus of the University of Mary.

Comments on the Capital Electric's Facebook page range from appreciation to anger for the lack of customer updates. Depending on location, most power was restored by noon in most of the areas.

Montana Dakota Utilities said the outage was caused by an owl. Areas involved in the backout Thursday morning included South Bismarck, Lincoln, Sterling, Driscoll, Menoken, and McKenzie.

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