Polly wants a cable

Pesky parrots driving up project costs for Aussie government
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/27/2017
Cockatoos
Australia’s government has been rolling out a new C$35-billion broadband network, but it’s facing a peculiar challenge: Cockatoos. Credit: HJemastock (Shutterstock)

SYDNEY — Australia’s government has been rolling out a new C$35-billion broadband network, but it’s facing a peculiar challenge: Cockatoos. The pesky parrots have gnawed through steelbraid wires, costing C$78,000 in repairs, according to Reuters. “They are constantly sharpening their beaks and, as a result, will attack and tear apart anything they come across,” said network builder NBN Co. project manager Chedryian Bresland in a blog post. “Unfortunately, they’ve developed a liking to our cables... these birds are unstoppable when in a swarm.” Yellow-crested cockatoos are well-known for their big appetites, eating everything from fruit crops to wooden window frames. “(The cable) would have to be an acquired taste, because it’s not their usual style,” said Gisela Kaplan, a professor in animal behaviour at the University of New England. “It might be the colour or the position of the cables that’s attracted them.”

‘I want found women’

OTTAWA — While a Canadian government ministry may have good intentions, it’s attracting unwanted attention from “lonely hearts,” according to the National Post. Some Facebook users are mistaking the Status of Women page for a dating service offering Canadian wives, maybe because the account username is “Women in Canada.” There are frequent posts proposing marriage, which are regularly deleted by staff. “Many of these comments originate from users located outside of Canada,” said spokesperson Léonie Roux. A post about a gender-based analysis conference, for example, included comments such as “Happy women in Canada. I’d love to have a date with one” and “I want found women live in Canada.”