In Tumblr Ridge, British Columbia, Canada, about 900 customers lost access to the Internet after a beaver bite into a fiber optic cable. According to telecommunications company Telus, this resulted in extensive damage.
In a statement, Telus spokeswoman Liz Sowe wrote that the beavers had bitten the fiber optic cable in several places. As a result, the Internet went offline on Saturday at about 4 a.m. for residents of Tumblr Ridge. A company spokeswoman said the employees were “very sorry” but seemed to acknowledge the humor of this strange situation. Speaking to CBC, Sowe called the fiasco “a very unusual and unique turn of events in Canada.” Recall that the beaver is one of the national symbols of the country, combining hard work, peacefulness and business enterprise. Since the 18th century, it has been considered a symbol of the country along with a maple leaf but lost to the latter the right to represent the country on the state flag and coat of arms. Beaver images can be found on the coats of arms of Toronto and Montreal.
It looks like the beavers were looking for materials to build their home. A photograph taken on site shows that they were using fiber-marking tape, usually buried several feet underground as part of their dam, CBC reported.
The company said it was fully operational around 3:30 pm PT on Sunday. However, the provider has warned that cellular communications in the area are likely to be unstable until the cable is fully repaired.
Tumblr Ridge is a municipality in northeastern British Columbia with a population of about 2,000.