Australia's high-speed, -of-the-art broadband network is under from thousands of birds. The birds doing the are Australia's ubiquitous and colourful cockatoos. They have taken a liking for chewing the broadband that criss-cross Australian towns and cities. They are causing hundreds of of dollars in damage to the cables. The National Broadband Network (NBN) company that maintains the -optic cables reports that they need to spend around $60,000 each they are called out to fix the cables. The birds' is also causing great frustration to Internet across the country. Internet users have reported Internet outages and painfully slow .
Cockatoos are a of parrot which normally eats fruit, nuts, and bark. A spokeswoman from NBN said she was at a as to why the birds had become to chewing the cables. She guessed that it was the plastic that encased the power lines and broadband cables. She told reporters: "They are sharpening their beaks and as a result will attack and tear apart they come across. Unfortunately, they've developed a liking to our cables." She joked: "You wouldn’t think it was , but these birds are unstoppable when in a . I guess that's Australia for ; if the spiders and snakes don't get you, the cockatoos will."