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Vine on N.C. Utility Pole Resembles Jesus, Residents Say

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Residents say a vine growing on a utility pole in Kinston, N.C., resembles Jesus. (Charles Buchanan/The Free Press Kinston North Carolina)

Some residents in an eastern North Carolina city say a weed-like plant growing on a utility pole is more than an invasive vine. They see a likeness to Jesus Christ on the cross.

The Free Press of Kinston reports that people began noticing the vine, known as kudzu, last week.

Kent Hardison runs Ma's Hot Dog stand nearby. He says he was getting ready to spray it with herbicide until he noticed the resemblance.

Hardison and his customers think the vine can be seen as a symbolic reminder that God is watching over people.

But the likeness could also cause some problems. A University of Maryland biology professor says kudzu costs power companies about $1.5 million a year to repair damaged lines.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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