Stinker! Winnie the Pooh Among Odd Objects Clogging Scotland Sewers

Image: A Winnie the Pooh stuffed bear in East Kilbride
A Winnie the Pooh stuffed bear in East Kilbride, one among an assortment of artifacts found by Scottish Water. Courtesy of Scottish Water

A Winnie the Pooh stuffed bear, a railway sleeper, a "fully functioning" clothes iron, an orange, a traffic cone and a set of false teeth are among the objects recovered by wastewater management crews from the underground sewers of Scotland, according to the company manning the sewer system in northern U.K.

A one-time employee of Scottish Water even spotted his credit card in the sewer network, after someone stole it from him at a bar.

Image: A goldfish in a jar
A live goldfish rescued from the sewers of Scotland. Courtesy of Scottish Water

The pipe specialists at Scottish Water, headquartered in Edinburgh, spent $11.6 million (7 million GBP) removing 40,000 objects from the plumbing and sewage system last year. On Monday the company launched a campaign to inform citizens about the objects they could and could not flush down the toilet or kitchen sink.

Image: Snake in the work Dunfermline
A menagerie of live animals, apparently lost, also emerged from the underground, including this snake, an otter, a badger, one salmon and a frog. Courtesy of Scottish Water

The assortment of objects found in the Scottish pipes are in addition to the usual aggregation of grease, fats and most recently, un-dissolvable wet wipes, which collect into ever-expanding monster globs called "fatbergs."

One epic 15-ton fatberg, the size of a schoolbus, had to be hacked out from under Kingston, Surrey, last year using water jets and spades; smaller sightings have occupied sewage workers in the U.S., too. Icky though they may seem, fatbergs cleared of their clutter could be put use: as a source of energy, enough to power 40,000 London homes every year, London’s chief flusher told National Geographic.