Drunk Moose OK After Sliding Out of Tree

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A "severely drunk" Swedish moose that apparently ate too many fermented apples became entangled in a tree and later collapsed, according to a recent report in The Local that is going viral on the net.

The good news is that the moose survived its bad night out and was able to sleep off the natural cider buzz.

In Sweden, drunk moose are said to be common during the fall season when tempting apples, including fermented ones, abound in gardens.

This particular moose went to a garden in Särö, south of Gothenburg. Per Johansson had just returned home from work on a dark, rainy night when he suddenly heard a loud bellowing sound coming from next door.

"I thought at first that someone was having a laugh," he told The Local. "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."

Johansson initially thought about freeing the distressed animal himself, but its ferocious kicking and size quickly ruled out that idea. Keep in mind that moose are the largest living members of the deer family, with some adults weighing up to 1,580 pounds.

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

Thankfully the hunter wasn't looking for a kill this night, so he and the others did their best to comfort the stuck moose. The local fire department arrived next and came up with a clever solution. They bent the tree so that the now-exhausted moose could just slide out from the branches.

Based on the video, which you can see at the end here, it looks like the moose collapsed on the ground after sliding from the tree. When the emergency services left, Johansson was asked to keep an eye on the woozy animal. After some time, he saw it stand up and slowly leave, although he suspects it's still lurking in the area, maybe hoping for another alcoholic cider kick after the moose's possible "day long bender."

"My neighbour recognised it as the animal that almost ran into her car earlier in the day," he said. "She was pretty sure the elk was already under the influence."

My guess is that we haven't heard the last story about drunken moose/elk in Sweden. (And news about drunk animals in general comes across my desk from time to time, such as this research about inebriated monkeys.)

Johansson said, "We often see elk stuffing their faces with apples around here but this is the first time we found one perched in a tree."

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