A squirrel is being blamed on cutting power to roughly 700 Fredericton residents on Wednesday morning. ((CBC))

NB Power says a squirrel is to blame for knocking out power to more than 700 customers in the Fredericton area.

Electricity should be restored in the Hanwell and Silverwood areas within the hour, according to the company.

This isn’t the first animal-related power outage in the Fredericton area in the last month.

Earlier in June, an osprey nest built on a transmission line was blamed for a power outage that affected about 9,000 NB Power customers.