The first pipe-cleaner man was shinnying up the power cable.
Improvising tweezers from a pipe-cleaner, he picked this up and looked at it.
There, on the ground, was a sharpened black tooth, pierced by a piece of pipe-cleaner wire.
And so when the officious flapper presented him with a white feather he had no use for it except as a pipe-cleaner.
A pipe-cleaner man happened upon a shard after a moment and hugged it to his chest, then toddled back into the box with it.