Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Hanging Moose: Believe It Or Not

Yea, you're seeing a moose on that telephone pole. Now don't get the wrong idea, I didn't take this photograph, my brother sent it to me and left me to track down the site it came from. The story is the telephone wires were loose on the ground for maintenance when a moose got his antlers tangled in the wires. The workers then raised the wires, pulling the moose into the air. Supposedly an actual police photo but I'm not sure if I believe it. It makes for a good story though.

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39 comments:

Linda said...

Oh that poor animal! Certainly does make you wonder, doesn't it?

Damselfly said...

Um. Wouldn't the workers think, "Gee, this wire sure feels like there's a moose or something stuck to it!"?

This Eclectic Life said...

Oh, that's just wrong! That poor baby. So did it survive?

mcewen said...

Now that's going to cause a lot of confusion!
Cheers

Donna said...

I checked it out on snopes.com. It's true! Believe it or not.

chelle said...

awwww poor moose! Was it ok?

Joyful Days said...

I am speechless.

JennyMcB said...

Good someone went to snopes before me.
Sad photo, hope it was dead already.

my4kids said...

Okay that ones interesting....not sure what else to say...just very odd. Like damselfly I wonder how the workers didn't notice something odd when putting up there?? but who knows I've seen some pretty strange things!

Crazy Working Mom said...

Holy Smokes! I hope for the moose's sake that it is photoshopped!

Patois said...

This isn't the Alaskan equivalent of cow tipping is it? Great shot. Great story.

BigGun said...

Almost unbelievable!

Julie Pippert said...

That is just...ummm...wow. Will you tell us if you get confirmation, or follow-up of what happened next?

Rav`N said...

ummmmm. wow. is all i can say

Lei said...

Gasp! That's awful!!!

Gattina said...

Terrible ! I hope they could get it down (if it was not photo shop)

Pearls of Wisdom said...

Wow! Poor thing. Happy WW. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

Angel Mama ( Pearls of WIsdom)

Missy said...

My eyes just did the cartoon pop out of the head thing! Egads! Poor Moose.

Thea said...

Oh no! But seriously, how could that have happened??

Anonymous said...

No, it wasn't dead and they ended up having to shot it due the fact it was in distress after it was lowered to the ground.

Ni Yachen said...

unsRutters and AP ran the story back in 2004. The workers were miles away pulling the heavy cables with a high powered winch.

You have to understand moose are everywhere up here. Around 1,000 get killed each year in car accidents in Alaska.

WendyAE said...

that's horrible for the moose!!! He must have been terrified and in real pain... But wouldn't the wires have been real heavy and difficult to pull??? I hope this had a happy ending...

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

Holy Moose Antlers Batman!
That's funny.

Write From Karen said...

No way.

Way?

That is certainly an intriguing story. And I'm with damselfly here, wouldn't the workers get suspicious when they felt how heavy the line was? lol

jenn in holland said...

Holy Moose! Poor guy.

Christi said...

Oh my goodness! I've never seen anything quite like that!

Happy WW!

Nino said...

That's hilarious! What a bad day for the moose.

TeaMouse said...

Yikes! I hope he was ok.

Happy WW, mine is up.

Jordan said...

As many have mentioned before, this is a real photo. Snopes has the full story .

Just to clarify one point: no humans were pulling on the line to tighten it. They used a hydraulic winch (it didn't complain).

The moose survived being raised and lowered, but not the Dept. of Fish & Games, who shot it.

Tendrils said...

YIKES! What a photo......and a story! Happpy WW!

Jarid & Caydon's Wishlist said...

Shame poor animal.

Comedy + said...

Yikes, hope the moose got down and was set free. Poor thing. It does make for an interesting picture though.

amy said...

You are correct. It does make a good story




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Geekwif said...

Poor guy. That has got to be horribly painful. I wouldn't have believed it if it weren't for Snopes.

sara - The Estrogen Files said...

As someone already probably told you, it's true! Here's the link from snopes.com: http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/poormoose.asp

kailani said...

I sure hope that's not true! Although, you never know about some people these days!

Jen said...

Dude. Duuuude. What a wild night. There...there was this moose (hic) and he and I par-tayed! WooHooo!(hic) He drank me under the table duuude! (hic) Wonder where he ended up...

Anonymous said...

Fish & Wildlife had to euthanize it because it was too traumatized.

Frank said...

Actually, the weight of miles of wire being lifted is much much heavier that the weight of a moose.