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2021-06-16 1:09:44 PM  
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2021-06-16 4:17:23 PM  
I'm impressed that any critter could drill a hole in a telephone pole.
2021-06-16 4:40:31 PM​r​ker-replacing-utility-pole-saves-nest-​of-bird-who-the-called-old-one-home
The other day in Brazil, electrical worker Joilson Brites Antunes was asked to remove a rotting wooden telephone pole and replace it with one made of concrete.
While setting out on the task, however, Antunes realized the old wooden pole was more than just a pole.​n​inho-do-tucano-ficou-um-exemplo-de-res​peito-a-natureza-em-santa-cruz/
O poste foi, o ninho do tucano ficou: um exemplo de respeito à natureza em Santa Cruz
23 de outubro de 2020

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The post was, the toucan's nest remained: an example of respect for nature in Santa Cruz
It was this respect that was demonstrated by the electrical technician Joilson Brites Antunes, an employee of RGE, when faced with an unusual situation. He was on another normal working day, with the order to replace three poles on Rua Rio Branco, on the corner of Rua Bento Gonçalves, near Shopping Santa Cruz. The structures were rotten, with a risk of falling, and so the replacement was requested.

When he arrived at the place to perform the service, however, he was faced with a beautiful scene: a toucan was feeding the chicks in a hole made inside the pole. The professional then looked for an alternative to do his job, without destroying the animals' home. With the company's authorization, the team replaced the compromised post, but cut the nest part of the old structure.

Thus, it was possible to fix the nest in the same place where the animal was already installed, with the use of a simple iron structure, attached to the new post. "We think this alternative would be less impactful. So we replaced the pole, eliminated the risk and interfered as little as possible in the nest", said the electrician. The work was carried out this Thursday, 22, and caught the attention of nearby residents.

The attitude was praised by biologist and professor at the University of Santa Cruz do Sul (Unisc), Andreas Köhler, who even suggested: "We should also think about distributing 'birdhouses' on many more posts!" The professor explained that the bird is threatened with extinction and that, despite having installed itself perfectly on the pole, it is not usual for them to form a home in the urban area. "It's not common, because there are no tree stumps", he commented.

The bird is also not very common in Rio Grande do Sul because, according to the biologist, animals do not like the cold. The professor also confirmed that there is no risk to the birds in the chosen dwelling place nor the replacement of the pole. "As long as the exchange of the pole has been done carefully, everything remains calm", said the biologist.
2021-06-16 5:26:41 PM  

nanim: I'm impressed that any critter could drill a hole in a telephone pole.

Look at their beaks!
2021-06-16 6:32:07 PM  
The Oh-NEE-cans?
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