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of Power Pole-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor A dead deer was found atop
a power pole, allegedly in Baltimore. A customer called
Baltimore Gas & Electric to report both the deer and a power
outage. It was later discovered that the deer had been struck
by a train and ended up lying atop the power pole.
Baltimore Gas & Electric says
this service call never came to them and that there have been no
incidents of dead deer on top of power poles.
There are several posts on the Internet that say the pictures are
actually from Manitoba, Canada where many people saw the deer atop
the power pole near the city of Headingly. Because the deer's back
legs seem to have been mutilated, there are those who have
speculated that something funny might be going on such as UFO
activity. A local CBC TV affiliate launched an investigation
into the deer story. A conservation officer speculated that
since there were both railroad tracks and a deer trail nearby, the
deer may have been struck by a train and landed on the pole.
Scientists said, however, that if there had been the kind of impact
to launch the deer 25-feet into the air, there would have been more
obvious injury than missing portions of the back legs. One
theory is that hoaxsters with a cherry picker put the carcass on top
of the pole. No train engineers have reported a deer strike.
The Ithica Journal's Dave Henderson says there is another
deer mystery in Delaware County, New York. A hunter is said to
have found a 70-pound button buck wedged in a tree about 12-feet off
the ground. A wildlife technician said the deer had been shot
with an arrow but he had no idea how it got into the tree.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Service call of the month from a Baltimore Gas &
residential customer ..
BGE received a call from a customer saying: "My
power is out.
When you come to fix it be sure to bring a truck with a tall enough
bucket to remove the deer".
The customer service rep prudently trying to gather
information to help diagnose the problem asked, "What deer"?
The customer replied " There is a deer on top of
one of the
electric poles on Wilkes Rd about 1/2 mile west of perimeter Rd".
The customer service rep tried desperately to pull herself
together and not laugh in front of the customer and replied" We
dispatch someone right away to investigate the power outage. Thank you
for the call".
Upon completion of the call, the customer service rep
proceeded to share the funny story with her coworkers in the office and
all had a good laugh.
Well, low and behold, the serviceman who repaired the
stopped by the customer service office the following day with
the attached pictures. Sure enough, the deer had been hit by a train
landed on top of a distribution feeder pole!
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