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This Stork Racked Up A $3000 Bill On Researchers' Phone

If you’ve ever had bill shock, you’ll relate to this. At least to a certain point.

So, there was this stork.

Stay with me here.

The stork, known for clocking massive distances, was being tracked by a Polish environmental group as it was about to take off for its annual migration to Africa.

We’re talking about 6000kms here, so this particular stork is pretty amazing.

But that’s not the story.

The bird was fitted with a transmitter, so its movements could be tracked via GPS and enabled the group to follow and plot its journey online.

They were able to track the stork until they lost the signal somewhere over Sudan on April 26.

While it was assumed that Kajtek (the stork’s name) “probably isn’t alive”, the group got slugged a heart-stopping $3600 phone bill.

Twenty hours of calls had been made using the SIM-card transmitter, and they were pretty sure it wasn’t Kajtek.

They reckon that someone found the tracker and slipped the SIM in their phone and simply went to town on racking up calls.

The group doesn’t know who made the calls, and they say it’s likely they’ll have to pay for the expenses out of their own pockets. 

From Google Translate:

For many months, we have been passionate about the history of our stork Kajtka, who we set up the transmitter in April 2017. Thanks to the device, we got to know the Kajtka feeding ground and the winter hike route in Africa. We were also preparing for his spring return.

The bird set out on the way back on February 1 and after 10 days it reached the Blue Nile valley in Sudan.

There, for unknown reasons, Kajtek stayed until April 26 this year, moving in different directions to 25 km during the day.

On that day we received the last signal.

And now the most interesting.

Yesterday - on June 7, we received a phone bill for the use of a card placed in the Kajtek transmitter for the amount of PLN 10,000.

Nothing less than someone took out the card from the transmitter, put it on the phone and called about 20 hours

IFL Science

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