Woodpecker destroys nature camera at Russian nature reserve

A nature reserve in Russia said a nature camera disguised as a piece of bark had an unintended consequence when it was destroyed by a hungry woodpecker.

The Nizhne-Svirsky Nature Reserve in Leningrad Oblast said in a Facebook post that the black woodpecker, nicknamed Zhelna by researchers, apparently was hunting for insects when it unintentionally committed “vandalism” on the camera.

The reserve shared video of the woodpecker methodically pecking away at the camera until it broke.

“Zhelna quickly discovered the camouflaged device and for several days methodically hit the camera,” the post said.

The reserve said the camera has been removed for repairs and likely will be out of commission for some time.