A single beaver caused internet outages in Canada

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Internet outages are common, especially in rural areas where it can take a while for Internet service providers to find the source of a problem. That happened earlier this month in Canada, where a beaver was responsible for a prolonged internet outage.

Internet access in part of British Columbia, Canada, was shut down unexpectedly on June 7, lasting “more than eight hours,” according to CTV News. NetBlocks, which tracks network outages and outages around the world, also identified a drop in Internet access in BC during that time.

Graph showing the drop in network connectivity in Canada on June 7
Internet connectivity in Canada on June 7, 2022 network blocks