An apple to a moose is like one potato chip to a junk-food addict. She wants more. So Per Johansson would probably not have been startled to find a moose eating apples in his neighbor’s backyard in Särö, Sweden. However, seeing the moose hung up in an apple tree, with only one hoof still on the ground, was a shock.
It seems every apple season Swedish moose stagger around, unable to resist the heady allure of a fruit that makes them drunk. The stuck moose had been dining on apples throughout the day. She was so determined to reach one more apple, and then another and another, she climbed the tree and could not get down.
The drunken moose did not automatically assume the best of her rescuer and kicked out at him when he tried to free her. Neighbors and a hunter started sawing off branches, but the moose stayed stuck. Finally the fire brigade arrived, bent over the tree, and freed the animal.
Interviewed for The Local, an English language news source from Sweden, Johansson said, “My neighbor recognized it as the animal that almost ran into her car earlier in the day. She was pretty sure the elk [sic] was already under the influence.”
Fortunately, the greedy moose just needed to sleep it off. By morning she was back on her feet and likely in search of the next apple tree. The video from ITN News includes photos of the stranded moose and one apple tree that will not be bearing fruit for a long time, if ever.
On a side note: News accounts labeled the animal an elk, but the video clearly shows a moose stuck in an apple tree. That lumpy snout is unmistakable.
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