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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 …


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  1. Jon 33


    It could have been out on a stag night!

  2. Anonymous Coward

    Could be worse...

    ...if it had fallen in a stream, would it be the start of Elky Brooks?

  3. Armando 123


    The flying squirrel would only respond with "No comment".

    Mine's the one with the Jay Ward DVDs

  4. Thomas 4

    Was this story

    ....sourced from in-cider info?

    1. Seventh of 7th
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      @ Thomas 4

      "Was this story → #

      ....sourced from in-cider info?"

      Yet another Apple® story. I've had a look here.....

      ..but no sign of it., so maybe not a Press release.

  5. Titus Technophobe


    later when asked about the condition of the Moose by his wife one of the police said 'he is right as rain dear'.............

    1. Sceptic Tank

      Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. Tra la la la la, la, laaa. It all makes sense now.

  6. Solomon Grundy
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    Good for Him

    An occasional drunken adventure is good for the soul; both Man and Beast.

    I'm glad they didn't just shoot it. Here in the States the animal would have been blasted instantly.

  7. S Larti

    Who you gonna call?

    Elkoholics anonymoose!

    1. NoOnions

      @ S Larti

      Bravo sir!

  8. sabba

    Ok, the bar has been set pretty low (perhaps not for the elk) but here goes...

    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 :-)

  9. Wyrdness

    Wi nøt trei a høliday in Sweden this yer

    But did it bite his sister?

    As we know, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti

  10. Cazzo Enorme


    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).

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Describes most Scandinavians I would have thought?

  11. Jon Press

    Just as well it wasn't a female moose...

    Judging by another article from the same paper [] the fondness of Swedes for their furry friends may have led to some unwelcome elk a-frolic beaverage.

  12. Graham Bartlett

    Did it get in a round of karaoke whilst drunk?

    Caribou-an queen

    Ant(ler) music

    Stuck in the middle with doe

    Saturday night's alright for rutting

    1. That Awful Puppy

      Not forgetting ...

      Caribou by The Pixies.

      Which does sound like something a drunk elk would come up with, in the best possible way.

  13. Steve Evans

    Oh gawd....

    and I thought the Peter jokes yesterday were bad!

  14. Chris Gray 1

    Confusion cleared

    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!

  15. Mike Moyle

    For the oldsters...

    "These sorts of instances are certainly not unheard of in Sweden (...) during the autumn..."

    Technically, it's not autumn, yet -- making this just another elke summer story.

    (Flames -- in tribute to the. hottie.)

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  17. easytoby


    "efforts proved fruitless"

    tee hee

  18. Suburban Inmate
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    I'll be avoiding Sweden in that case.

    Clearly they have no kebab shops.

    1. Seventh of 7th

      @ "Clearly they have no kebab shops."

      Do you really have kebab shops where Inmates live?

  19. Samuel Williams

    Most amoosing.


  20. Mark 30

    Elk or Moose?

    Which is it? Two different critters. Pic looks to be a moose...

    1. Cazzo Enorme

      What we Europeans call an elk, North Americans call a moose. What North Americans call an elk is just a large deer (or wapiti) to us Europeans. So in this instance, for our North American readers s/elk/moose/g.

  21. Martin 63

    Language barrier

    From following the links, I couldnt figure out if it was a potato or a potato

  22. sabba
    Paris Hilton


    @cazzo. - big, mostly drunk, belligerent - did anyone else think was describing a premiership footballer?

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Slow news day...

    Blimey your a slow reader, I read about this and saw the pictures in this morning metro.

  24. Rusty 1


    No doubt if there had been serious injuries, Elk 'n' Safety would have been nosing around.

  25. John Doe 1

    Reminds me of Buzzwinkle the Moose

    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!

  26. cloudgazer

    Do you need more than a 12 step program when you're a quadruped?

  27. mhenriday

    Both Paul Kunert and previous commentators

    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....


  28. Rick Brasche
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    mm. elk are tasty enough. this one was pre-marinated!

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