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Issue 108 - November 2010 - Page 15

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Muslims Praying Every Friday in Streets of New York Protest Message
  2. Unfounded Facebook Rumour - Thierry Mairot Wants to Talk to Children About Sex
  3. Security Warning Message - Black Device Connected to Keyboard
  4. Got a pencil? - Amazing Pencil Tip Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti
  5. 'New' Italian Police Car - Lamborghini Crash
  6. 'Interesting Fact' About October 2010 - 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays
  7. Jean Paul Garang Advance Fee Scam
  8. Revamped 'Life Owner' Hoax Uses Name of Real Virus - 'Here You Have It' Hoax Version
  9. Free Blackberry Storm for Forwarding Hoax
  10. Floating Rock 'Miracle' - Surprising Rock in Saudi Arabia
  11. Photographs of Monster Croc Caught at Borroloola
  12. Feeding the Eagles
  13. Corpus Christi - Gay Jesus Movie Hoax
  14. Rejected Federal Tax Payment Phishing Scam Email
  15. 'Bighorn Sheep' On Dam Wall Photographs
  16. Bogus Facebook Rumour - Thomas Cowling Wants to Talk to Children About Sex
  17. Fake iTunes Receipt Email
  18. 809 Area Code Scam Warning Email
  19. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  20. Internet Rumour - UNESCO Chooses Indian National Anthem as Best In The World
  21. Pen PC - Pen Shaped Miniature Personal Computer

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'Bighorn Sheep' On Dam Wall Photographs

Outline
Message claims that attached images depict Bighorn Sheep climbing on a very steep dam wall.



Brief Analysis
The photographs are genuine, but they do not show Bighorn Sheep. The animals in the photographs are Alpine Ibex. The structure shown in the images is the Cingino Dam in Italy.

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Detailed analysis and references below example.



Last updated: 6th October 2010
First published: 6th October 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Subject: Bighorn Sheep taking a stroll

See those little black spots on the face of that dam? Look closely.

Alpine Ibex on Dam Wall 1

Alpine Ibex on Dam Wall 2

Alpine Ibex on Dam Wall 3




Detailed Analysis

Image: MC Steinbock - Wikipedia

Alpine Ibex
Alpine Ibex
According to this widely circulated message, attached images show Bighorn Sheep "strolling" across a very steep dam wall. Some versions, including the one shown above, do not identify the dam in the images. Others identify the dam as the Buffalo Bill Dam on the Shoshoni River at Cody, Wyoming or, more vaguely, as "a dam in Montana".

The images are genuine. However, the animals in the photographs are in fact Alpine Ibex (Capra Ibex), not Bighorn sheep. Moreover, the dam is in fact the Cingino Dam in the Italian Alps. the same photographs can be seen on many websites, including gulliver.it, and Eolake Stobblehouse's blog. Another view of the Ibex on Cingino Dam can be seen in a blog post on aroundglobe.net.

An article about Alpine Ibex on The Large Herbivore Network website notes:
Alpine ibex typically inhabit open, rocky habitats at high altitude, above the tree line at an altitude of 1,600-3,200 m. Steep, south-facing slops with rugged topography and grassy vegetation are preferred. Below the tree line, at subalpine levels, ibex are only found in open, sunny woodland interspersed with rocky outcrops. Living in montane pastures Ibex feed on alpine grasses, herbaceous plants and shrubs. This species is diurnal, but most active during the early morning and late afternoon. They migrate seasonally to different altitudes, spending the harsher winter months at medium elevations.
These agile animals apparently scale dam walls in order to lick salt off the rock. The following YouTube video shows the animals in action at Cingino Dam:


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References
Buffalo Bill Dam
Capra ibex - Alpine Ibex
Bighorn Sheep
Cingino e Camposecco (Lago di) Traversata dal Bacino di Campliccioli di Antrona (VB)
Mountain goats on the Diga Del Cingino dam in Italy
Gravity Defying Alpine Ibex At Lake Cingino Dam in the Italian Alps



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Issue 108 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Muslims Praying Every Friday in Streets of New York Protest Message
  2. Unfounded Facebook Rumour - Thierry Mairot Wants to Talk to Children About Sex
  3. Security Warning Message - Black Device Connected to Keyboard
  4. Got a pencil? - Amazing Pencil Tip Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti
  5. 'New' Italian Police Car - Lamborghini Crash
  6. 'Interesting Fact' About October 2010 - 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays
  7. Jean Paul Garang Advance Fee Scam
  8. Revamped 'Life Owner' Hoax Uses Name of Real Virus - 'Here You Have It' Hoax Version
  9. Free Blackberry Storm for Forwarding Hoax
  10. Floating Rock 'Miracle' - Surprising Rock in Saudi Arabia
  11. Photographs of Monster Croc Caught at Borroloola
  12. Feeding the Eagles
  13. Corpus Christi - Gay Jesus Movie Hoax
  14. Rejected Federal Tax Payment Phishing Scam Email
  15. 'Bighorn Sheep' On Dam Wall Photographs
  16. Bogus Facebook Rumour - Thomas Cowling Wants to Talk to Children About Sex
  17. Fake iTunes Receipt Email
  18. 809 Area Code Scam Warning Email
  19. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  20. Internet Rumour - UNESCO Chooses Indian National Anthem as Best In The World
  21. Pen PC - Pen Shaped Miniature Personal Computer