Boozing moose is rescued after becoming drunkenly stranded up apple tree
[Mail, 7 Sept]
It's a situation many can sympathise with - having one too many and attempting physical feats you'd never consider while sober.
But in this case the shamed boozy culprit was not human, but a moose who had become stuck several feet off the ground in an apple tree.
The inebriated creature managed to trap itself amongst the branches of the tree in Gothenburg after apparently becoming drunk while eating fermented apples.
Police believe it had reached for apples higher up the tree before finding itself wedged in the branches and unable to escape.
The stricken animal was discovered by Per Johansson outside his home in Saro, south Gothenburg when he returned home from work.
Rescuers managed to free the moose the same night, after which Johansson said the animal lay down for a while, apparently recovering while in a drunken stupour.
Mr Johansson told Swedish newspaper The Local: '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.
'My neighbour recognised it as the animal that almost ran into her car earlier in the day. She was pretty sure the elk was already under the influence.'
The moose lay on the ground overnight outside Mr Johansson's house, before finally getting up the next morning and wandering off with a hangover.
Boozing mooses are not uncommon in Scandinavia, where the creatures are occasionally spotted eating rotting fruit which drops to the group and ferments.