Beaver gnaws through fiber cable, knocks out internet for community

About 900 people in British Columbia lost their internet recently. It wasn’t a technical glitch, instead, it was an issue with nature.

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A beaver decided it would be a great idea to chew through a fiber cable.

The animal didn’t chew on the cable running into Tumbler Ridge once, rather, it gnawed on it at multiple areas.

It knocked out internet service for 900 homes and businesses and cable for about 60 customers, CTV reported.

The telecom company Telus said, “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 crewed through the conduit before chewing through the cable in multiple locations,” the CBC reported.

Images shared by Telus showed some of the materials that are used in the fiber cable used as part of the beaver dam’s construction.

In addition to the beaver damage, the work crews had to deal with the weather.

Apparently, the ground above the cable was partially frozen, the CBC reported.

It took about 36 hours for crews to restore internet service, CTV reported.