It could have been out on a stag night!
Swedish police were called to the aid of a pissed-up elk after it chomped on fermenting apples and became trapped in a tree that had been doubling up as its free bar. Coppers were alerted to the alcine alkie by residents living south of Gothenburg who heard his cries and initially attempted to free him. "I thought at first …
At the risk of m-elking the thread: if he'd been at it all night that would have worked out pretty deer!! Good job it was apples as it would have been worse if there'd been a pear of them!!
Okay, okay, that's the best I can do at short notice :-)
That's not a particularly big elk, which is fortunate as the larger adults are muscular animals capable of killing someone with a single kick. They are notorious for being bad tempered, which shouldn't come as a surprise seeing as they spend half the time drunk and the other half nursing a bad hangover. They're also not the brightest of animals - I once saw one standing in the middle of a tram track in Helsinki city centre, bellowing loudly and looking very confused (the elk that is, not me as I was sober at this point).
I was going to complain about the inconsistency in the article between "Elk" and "Moose", since here in Canada they are very different beasts. The header line for "Elk" in Wikipedia:
"This article is about the North American and East Asian animals, also known as wapiti. For the animal Alces alces, called the elk in Europe, see moose."
cleared up my confusion!
He got somewhat sloshed near Christmastime in Anchorage Alaska a few years ago but had a very festive appearance to put it mildly. (You'll have to see what snagged on his antlers.)
He certainly was the talk of the town!
seem to have missed - or chosen to ignore - that the source from which this news item was taken clearly states that it was the «fire brigade», not the coppers, which managed to bend the tree sufficiently for the animal to slide out of the branches. Our coppers would never had had time to help this immature example of A alces to a cell to sleep it off ; they are far too busy helping the MPAA and the RIAA chase people who might possibly have shared a song by electronic means....
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