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“Uniquely Canadian turn of events” leaves town without internet

In the foothills of the British Columbia Rockies is the small community of Tumbler Ridge. And it is here that in the battle of animal vs the World Wide Web, a beaver won.


The 900 or so residents of Tumbler Ridge were left in internet limbo on the weekend. And when an internet provider went to find out why, the reason was oh so Canada. 


Apparently a beaver was digging underground beside a creek and happened upon some cables that were buried about a metre deep in a 11 centimetre-thick conduit.


When internet provider Telus went to inspect the damage they found a "very bizarre and uniquely Canadian turn of events". 


It turns out the beaver was using  parts of the cables to build its dam, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.


"Just after 4:00am [Saturday], our fibre cable serving Tumbler Ridge was damaged, which disrupted internet, TV and mobile service for some of our customers in the area," the company said in a statement.


"Our team immediately worked to identify the locations of the damage and discovered that the cause of this fibre cut is fairly unique — beavers have chewed through our fibre cable at multiple points, causing extensive damage."


While service was soon restored to Tumbler Ridge, one does wonder if Canada’s beloved beavers are planning on taking down the internet one town at a time. It could be jealousy of all those cat videos. 


Whatever the reason, when we are next allowed back into Canada, best keep your cables clear of the beavers.


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Published: 28 April 2021

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