I've had several occassions to do telephone line work at the Bronx Zoo and something unusual or funny always happened. We always worked with at least five or six guys , placing poles or running cables. One time when we broke for lunch we started throwing scraps to the mandrills, there was one big bully among them and he kept grabbing all the food. One of the guys (Not me) brought a few hot cherry peppers the next day and when it was lunch time he stuck a few of the peppers in the scraps. That was one pissed off mandrill! I don't condone that kind of behavior but these were a lively bunch of guys. Last story, we were using a Greenlee power tugger (very strong machine) to pull cable from building to building. Our foreman told us to secure it to a six inch water pipe, we did as he instructed and the pull was really tight. That machine strained and the 3/4 inch braided nylon rope was close to letting go a few times as the pipe bucked now and then. We got the cable placed shorty before a zoo worker entered the basement to check on us. He informed us that the water pipe we used to secure the tugger was a Gas line! It was not marked and we just did as we were told but it could have turned out real bad.
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