MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A beaver in Minnesota caused thousands of dollars in damage after deciding to chow down on a utility pole.
Lake Country Power shared photos of the damage after the mischievous beaver apparently mistook the pole for a tree.
"The beaver that chewed his way around this power pole on Boy Lake near Walker, Minn., sure chose the wrong 'tree trunk,'" Lake County Power said. "The average cost to replace a pole is $2,750. That is one busy...and expensive...beaver!"
The energy company said such behavior was unusual for beavers, as a deterrent is usually placed on wooden poles.
Upon repairing the pole, Lake Country Power intends to take additional measures to prevent another occurrence.
"When our crews replace this pole, they will place a metal wrap around the base in case the same beaver or other beavers get curious about chewing it again," they said.
The company said it is unable to place such wrapping on all of its 135,700 poles due to the high cost.