You know it's going to be a good week when you get to work and find a dead cow floating in your cooling tower!
I guess it didn't know that the pool is 10 feet deep. It must have fallen in several days ago and then surfaced as bloat set in.
It looks like a black and white cow but, it was all black when it was alive. The hair has all fallen off.
All we need now is a semi load of potatoes and carrots and we could have stew!
Stay tuned for pics of the recovery. I'll post 'em up tomorrow.
ETA gross warning
This message has been edited by opdm on Jan 30, 2012 11:54 PM This message has been edited by opdm on Jan 30, 2012 11:47 PM
Are you going to have a cow funeral? When I put seashells straight from the ocean into the fish aquarium and caused a mini Jones town, Keefer made us dress in black and bury every single fish separately in the rose garden, saying a few words for each. 100 Gallon Tank. Ugh.
This is a fascinating thread but several important questions have not been answered.
Do you have to go to college to become a poopsmith? How much $ can a poopsmith pull in a year? Is the poopsmith going above expectations when dealing with bloated cow remains or is that considered part of the normal routine of poopsmithery? Does the poopsmith even know everyone else calls him the poopsmith?
I guess what I'm really trying to say is that I am a hero. - Hep C
That water is used for cooling and for fire fighting if the need should ever arise.
Due to the volume of the cooling tower basin, I don't think the cow made much of an impact since it hadn't exploded or fallen apart yet. The water is chlorinated to keep down bacterial growth so we probably just had a small spike in BOD.(biological oxygen demand) I just wonder how much hair we're going to find in the condenser. Ewww.
Besides, the water still tasted fine so I think it's OK.
The farmer was down there with us today so, yes, he knew. We actually called him about two cows. There was another dead one in the woods beside the plant. Must have been one hell of a weekend!
Poopsmithery pays handsomely and the poopsmith loves dealing with bloated animals. Can you imagine getting paid for doing something you love? I envy the poopsmith.
I have a video of when it emerged from the water but you probably don't want to see it.
Anon is correct.
Water from the basin is pumped through the steam condenser (to, um, condense steam back into water) and then it goes back to the cooling tower and sprayed from nozzles about 3 stories above the basin. There are fans on the tower that pull air up while the water falls down so the heat is transferred to the air and the cool water falls back into the basin.
OF COURSE I DIDN'T DRINK THE WATER! lol
That water isn't potable even when there isn't a dead bloated cow floating in it.
It has a chemical in it to prevent hard water deposits from forming and the chlorine level is higher than drinking water. More like a swimming pool.
Just not a swimming pool for cows.
I need a good epitaph for the grave. Any thoughts?
Stupid, idiot anon. You give a bad name to the rest of us. The Anon above with the correct poem is awesome!
My only complaint here, which is why I'm posting anon, is Bider. I know she is lonely, but come on. Her posts are so pedantic, I can't believe peeps post. I know she loves her dogs, I love mine, but to constantly call them "her poops" is yucky. She has been so bored here lately, she has inundated the bored with really, really boring shit. She posts now late at night (drunk, maybe??) and it just gets old.
Holy cow. Way to kick a person when they're down. I don't see what you are seeing vis a vis Bider, but I can speak from going through bad shit, and this is a great place to be when going through that. Doesn't help so much when people post pointedly mean stuff to you. But we have come to expect that.
Bider... we're doing good, and we'll make it out of this crap. What doesn't kill us only gives us ideas on how to kill those we really want to.
I hadn't clicked on this thread because I thought it would be nasty pictures of food, but I nearly missed out on seeing cool pictures of dead animal removal. Thanks for the story Jiggy!
Also - Bider is great. Regulars going anon to say things they clearly know better than to say as themselves, really, really suck. Just don't. The world won't end if you don't unburden yourself with that nasty thought, and you won't make some person we like feel badly for really, among the worst and most selfish reason I can imagine.
I'm confused at why anon seems to be reaching so far out of the bounds of reality to take potshots at Bider or other regulars. Methinks anon is unable to be socialize and is jealous. Poor anon just needs a hug.
I don't think that was really a reg going anon. I think the person just said that to lend "credibility" (Whatev) to a ridiculous post. And I refuse to consider that any of you that post under a name would say something so purposefully hurtful and completely off base.
You know I think your teh awesomesauce, Bider. Please disregard that idiot.
This message has been edited by AnnyBoo on Feb 3, 2012 11:54 AM
I want to tell a story about my dogs now! SOLIDARITY! And Bider, you can call them your poops if you want to - I call mine "the fools" and nobody's stopping me!
(no seriously here is the story: While jumping around through the snow the other morning, Sprocket bent one of his dewclaws back and now it's sticking out all sideways. I'm trying to find a vet that's a) open on Saturdays and b) got room to take him. Because it's gross. And he won't keep the makeshift sock-bandage I invented on).
ETA:Jiggy - HOW DID THAT COW GET IN THERE?
This message has been edited by jeez_louise on Feb 4, 2012 7:28 AM