……….mellow fruitfulness can have its dangers, worrying news has reached me of some inappropriate behaviour by an elk in Sweden.
When Per Johansson from south of Gothenburg, returned home from work on Tuesday it was dark outside and the rain was coming down hard. Suddenly Johansson heard a bellowing noise from the garden next door.
‘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,’ Johansson told The Local.
The unfortunate elk was desperately entangled in the tree’s branches and was kicking ferociously as Johansson approached. It wasn’t until the fire brigade arrived on the scene and managed to bend the tree to the point where the exhausted elk could slide out of the branches that the animal was finally freed.
According to Johansson, it looked very much like the elk was severely drunk after eating too many fermenting apples and from what Johansson could gather, this particular animal had been on a day-long bender.
Drunken elk are apparently common in Sweden during the Autumn season when there are plenty of apples lying around on the ground and hanging from branches in gardens.
When the inebriated elk was freed, it lay for a while on the ground, seemingly unconscious. It was later no doubt given some Elker Seltzer.
By the morning the hungover animal had stood up and cautiously moved a few metres away.
After a while it went on its way, although Johansson suspects it is still skulking around the neighbourhood.
‘We often see elk stuffing their faces with apples around here but this is the first time we found one perched in a tree,’ he said.