I did not expect to write twice about drunken moose in less than a year. But here it is. With over a week of delay because my new job doesn’t let me blog as frequently as I would like, but here it is nonetheless.
About ten days ago, the Swedish edition of The Local, reported that a moose (elk, for the British readers) had been found stuck in a tree in western Sweden. It is not everyday that moose make the news but, as it turns out, this particularly one was drunk.
Per Johansson was arriving home after work in Särö, south of Gothenburg, when he heard a deep roaring coming from the neighbors’ garden.
“It was raining really bad. In the wind I heard something screaming with a very dark voice,” Johansson told in an interview to CNN. “At first I wondered if it was the crazy neighbors, but then I heard it again and went and checked. I saw something really big up in a tree in my neighbors’ yard and it was a moose. It must have been drunk after eating fermented apples and as it was reaching out for more fruit it must have slipped and fallen into the tree.”
Removing the animal from its wooden prison wasn’t an easy task. Johansson tried to free the moose by himself, but quickly gave up because it kicked ferociously as he approached.
Johansson and his neighbors managed to saw down some of the tree branches, but it wasn’t until a fire brigade arrive on the scene that the animals was freed. They had to bend the tree to the point where the animal could slide out by itself.
Once freed, the moose collapsed near the tree, inebriated and exhausted. It took it a full night to recover from the episode, but the beast managed to drag itself into the woods the next morning.
Curiously enough, it is not unusual to see moose drunk in Sweden this time of year. Anders Gardhagen, spokesman at the Gothenburg Fire and Rescue Services, said to CNN that “moose are attracted by the apple trees, and in the autumn when the apples have fallen off the trees we normally have at least one of these cases of intoxication.”