Who would have thought that cute and furry animals could cause so much damage? Apparently, rascal beavers reportedly took down internet service for around 900 customers in a particularly remote Canadian community just this weekend after they had gnawed through the crucial fiber cables!
Beaver Causes Internet Outage
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation report, the particular outage, although currently has been resolved, spanned out and even affected a whopping 60 cable TV customers and also disrupted certain local cell phone services! This was according to a statement that came from the area's local provider, Telus.
Tumbler Ridge, a particularly small municipality located in the northeast British Columbia that reportedly had a population of well around 2,000 people, had suddenly lost service for about 36 hours in what Telus had described as a particularly "unique Canadian disruption!"
Beaver Chewed Through Cables
According to the story by Gizmodo, a Telus spokesperson known as Liz Sauve noted in an email to the company that beavers have reportedly chewed through their fiber cable at a number of different points. This had then caused extensive damage for them.
It was noted that their team had then located a nearby dam which then appeared to show the beavers had dug underground alongside a specific creek for them to reach the cable. The cable was reportedly buried well about three feet underground and was also protected by a strong 4.5-inch thick conduit.
Beavers Made Their Dam Out of Fiber Cables
The beavers had first chewed through the reported conduit before they had chewed through the cable in a number of different locations. After it had gone down early on Saturday morning, the service was then restored some time just before 6:30PM ET on Sunday, according to the confirmation of Sauve.
In its statement, the company then noted that the crews worked all around the clock in order to address the issue and even determine how far the total damage had continued up the long cable line. Telus then brought in some additional equipment as well as technicians in order to tackle the said "challenging conditions" due to the whole fact that the ground above the cable was actually partially frozen during this time of the year.
Only in Canada
It was then noted that the beavers now seem to have been continually scouting for new materials in order to build their home. A certain photo taken of the whole site shows that they currently use fiber marking tape that is usually buried about several feet underground as part of their growing dam, according to CBC.
Telus then stated that they are also very sorry for the whole interruption but have somehow also recognized the underlying humor of what was quite a bizarre situation. Sauve then spoke to the CBC regarding the fiasco calling it a very unusual as well as a "uniquely Canadian turn of events."
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Written by Urian Buenconsejo