Drunk Swedish Elk Gets Stuck In Apple Tree

Photo: oddharmonic via Flickr

Humans aren't the only ones who are rowdy when under the influence: earlier this week, a man in western Sweden came home to find a drunk elk stuck in his neighbour's apple tree.

Apparently, the elk had been on a binge, eating fermenting apples and became stuck after attempting to reach for more apples and losing her balance. And apparently, a wasted elk trapped in a tree is more difficult to free than one would think.

According to The Local, Per Johansson of Särö, south of Gothenburg, Sweden came home Tuesday evening and heard a bellowing:

I thought at first that someone was having a laugh. Then I went over to take a look and spotted an elk stuck in an apple tree with only one leg left on the ground.

I thought it looked pretty bad so I called the police who sent out an on-call hunter. But while we were waiting, the neighbours and I started to saw down some of the branches and then the hunter arrived with a saw as well.

Hoping to free the animal, they tried to saw off some of the branches. It didn't work, until the fire department arrived and was able to bend the tree to release the exhausted elk. The animal then lay unconscious in the yard, until it woke up and stumbled off the next morning, completely hung over.

Apples are a favourite food for elk, so it's not uncommon to see inebriated, thousand-pound elks wandering around during autumn, when the fruit is plentiful and sometimes fermenting on the ground or in trees.

This particular elk had already spent a good part of the day getting hammered, said Johansson:

My neighbor recognized it as the animal that almost ran in to her car earlier in the day. She was pretty sure the elk was already under the influence.

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