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.
The cause of the incident was later identified as a beaver, yes, a beaver. The affected fiber optic line ran along poles owned by the British Columbia Power and Hydroelectric Authority, and when BC Hydro crews investigated the outage, they found beaver bite marks on the underside of a tree that fell over the lines. Bob Gammer of BC Hydro said CTV News“I wouldn’t be a rich man if I had a penny for every beaver cut, but they do happen.”
Most internet outages aren’t as funny as a semi-aquatic mammal, but similar incidents are fairly common. The ‘Cyber Squirrel 1’ site tracks network outages allegedly caused by animals, including 1,252 from squirrels and 115 from raccoons, though it hasn’t been updated since 2019.
Source: CTV News, network blocks