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#121874 08/30/05 12:12 AM
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Trumpy Offline OP
Photo's submitted by Mbhydro:
I am sure the linemen that read this site may appreciate this series of pictures.

All I know is that email I received said this occurred Aug 2005 somewhere on Manitoba Hydro's transmission lines in Manitoba Canada but there was no information attached on why the cow went in there, or how the farmer and line crew got it out.

I'm guessing that the blue on the tower is some sort of lubricant to try and get it out as its also on the cows head.


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#121875 08/30/05 02:40 AM
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I'd like to know how it ended up there to begin with

#121876 08/30/05 03:19 AM
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I've seen cows scratching against fences, so it was probably trying to scratch an itch behind its ear! [Linked Image]

Seeing the wrench laying on the ground in the third pic, they may have had to unbolt some of those cross-braces.

Stupid should be painful.
#121877 08/30/05 03:27 AM
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They like to scratch against poles and stuff, and I've noticed they like to gather in social groups around trees. More important is that 'monkey wrench'. Someone has tried to undo bolts on the leg struts to release the animal? That would have risked the collapse of the pylon; there are no 'redundant elements', each part is very highly stressed.

edit. Just noticed that 4" angle grinder! Oooeeerr!

[This message has been edited by Alan Belson (edited 08-30-2005).]

Wood work but can't!
#121878 08/30/05 06:29 AM
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That's why we're on the top of the food chain and they, typically are on the top of a plate with a baked potato and some au jus.
Stupid cow.

-edited fur spelin-

[This message has been edited by IanR (edited 08-30-2005).]

#121879 08/30/05 07:28 AM
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Is that blue stuff cable grease ?

#121880 08/30/05 06:45 PM
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Rocquefort. Very nice with a rare steak, & my favorite cheese (after Double Gloucester).


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#121881 08/30/05 09:28 PM
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Cat Servant
I think I know what's going on here---but first- my explanation may not be for the squeamish!

Cattle can be easily "led" by a hand holding hay. Young cattle are led by letting them suckle on your hand.
A barn or cattle pen will usually have some sort of locking "gate" that is used to hold the cows' head in place. Most often, it is built into the feed trough. Whenever it is desired to immobolize the cow, the cow is coaxed into placing its' head in the gate, and the gate is then closed. Now the cow can't move very much, and the vet can treat her, the rancher can give it shots, the cow can be artificially inseminated, whatever.

I am guessing that someone has been using the power pole as an improvised "gate." I suspect also that, when the PoCo happened upon the scene, the rancher feigned ignorance. As soon as Bessie calms down, there should be no problem guiding her head up and out.

#121882 08/30/05 11:38 PM
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I thought that was done with sheep.

Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.
#121883 08/31/05 12:08 AM
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John, its called a "squeze". But a bullet is what's needed here.


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