Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/08/booze_moose/

Swedish cops free boozy moose from tree

Sozzled scrumper refused to call it a day

By Paul Kunert

Posted in Bootnotes, 8th September 2011 13:05 GMT

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 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," Per Johansson of Saro told regional rag The Local.

But when his efforts proved fruitless, the fuzz were brought in to untangle the boozy beast, who was looking for one last nightcap after an all-out bender; the elk had run into a car belonging to one of Johansson's neighbours earlier that day.

After being freed, the elk-oholic did what all booze cruisers do, he collapsed in a heap and slept off the inebriation.

These sorts of instances are certainly not unheard of in Sweden – one of the last native habitats for elks – during the autumn, when hundreds of apples are falling from trees in local folks' gardens. See pics of the moose here. ®

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The editor has struck out any references to the beast's subsequent need for elke seltzer.