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Busy Woodpecker Almost Brings Down Utility Pole

Woody Woodpecker’s exploits only seemed possible in the popular Looney Toons cartoon, but one real-life woodpecker recently proved that the birds can some pretty incredible things, if they put their mind to it, like peck through an entire wooden power pole.

Last week, a photo posted by the Snohomish County Public Utility District did the rounds on social media, garnering dozens of shares and comments, and for good reason. It showed a wooden power pole barely hanging on by a thread, after having been pecked by a hard-working woodpecker. How the pole was still standing, considering the damage that had been done to it, is anyone’s guess, but a few more pecks or a strong gust of wind would have probably brought it down in a day or two. Luckily, Snohomish County staff managed to change it in time.

“A customer called to report a woodpecker causing damage to a power pole. When our staff member Bill went to check it out, this is what he found!!! 

😳👀 We are so lucky our customer called in when they did! We replaced the pole that same day,” the Snohomish County Public Utility District wrote on their Facebook page.

Officials weren’t sure how long the pecking was going on, or why the busy woodpecker was so focused on that section of the pole. They added that they had dealt with woodpecker damage before, but never anything quite like this.

In fact, the damage was apparently so extensive that some people believed that it was likely done by a beaver, rather than a single woodpecker. However, Snohomish PUD spokeswoman Julie Cunningham, said that the beaver theory doesn’t make sense due tot the height of the damaged spot. “That’s pretty high up for a beaver,” she said.

With danger thwarted, Facebook friends of the public utility district went to town on the post:

“One busy wood pecker. I bet it’s pecker is sour,” one person wrote.

“That’s the answer to how much wood could be chucked,” another commented.

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