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Why does birds not get current when they sit on electric wires?

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May 13, 2012 7:26AM

Because you can only be electrocuted if you are touching 2 wires at once, creating a circuit. Birds are too small to span from one to the other, so they are usually safe. However sometimes possums can be killed from sitting on the wire, they have a long tail and a bigger body, making it easier to touch to at once, to come into contact with more than one is fatal.