A squirrel is to blame for thousands losing power in the New Orleans area on Thursday morning, according to Entergy New Orleans.

"Crews safely working to restore power ASAP after an animal got into our equipment," Entergy said in a tweet addressed to the East Carrollton area.

"It was a squirrel," the company added.

At the height of the outage, about 3,500 customers were without power.

Click here to view Entergy's outage map.