Of course it’s not a bird, you ninny

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a bull moose hanging by its antlers from an electrical power line in the middle of the Alaska wilderness.

hanging moose

This is one of those truly bizarre stories that seems absolutely hilarious until you actually think about it, at which point it turns morbid and sad. (Check out the article for a surprising amount of detail regarding the moose and its unfortunate accident.)

“It’s just an unbelievable story,” said Gabriel Marian, president of City Electric Inc., the contractor erecting the power line to the mine. “The only unfortunate part is we had to shoot the moose.

“It would be more of a feel-good story if we had let it down and it ran off,” he lamented.

(Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: “Wired Moose,” by Tim Mowry [October 17, 2004])