Roughly 900 people in Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, lost internet access after a beaver caused “extensive “damage by chewing through a fiber cable.
Telus spokesperson Liz Sauvé issued a statement about the events, describing a “very bizarre and uniquely Canadian turn of events.” Telus crewmembers discovered that a beaver had chewed through the wire multiple times, bringing the internet down at around 4 A.M Saturday.
“Our team located a nearby dam, and it appears the beavers dug underground alongside the creek to reach our cable, which is buried about three feet underground and protected by a 4.5-inch thick conduit. The beavers first chewed through the conduit before chewing through the cable in multiple locations,” the statement said.
Sauvé noted a photo from the area appeared to show local beavers using Telus materials to build dams. Beavers were seen with fiber marking tape on top of their dam.
Crews arrived with extra technicians and equipment to determine the extent of the damage. The statement added that local conditions made the task difficult as the soil above the cable was now partially frozen.
The company managed to restore service around 3:30 P.M PT on Sunday. It warned that cellphone service would still be spotty as technicians repair the cable.