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Famous Swedish elk is pregnant

Famous Swedish elk is pregnant

Published: 30 Apr 2011 12:17 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Apr 2011 12:17 GMT+02:00

A famous Swedish elk who made news when she tromped around backyards in Blekinge in the south of Sweden, eating people's apples, and making return visits throughout 2009 and 2010, is pregnant, reports Blekinge Läns Tidning (BLT).

Originally called Fabbe the elk, she was renamed to Fabiola two weeks after moving to her new home at Räntemåla Gård when personnel discovered she was a female.

Karl-Göran Eriksson, who works at Räntemåla Gård, a moose park in Blekinge, told BLT that Fabiola will likely give birth at the end of May.

The elk starting showing up in Rödeby backyards in November of 2009, and slowly became a country-wide sensation. At the time, there was talk of putting her to sleep or of a possible relocation. Authorities believe Fabiola's mother was hit and killed by a car in 2009.

In August, 2010, BLT reports, police received a complaint that an elk was in a woman's backyard eating apples from her tree. There were numerous other sightings of the animal who seemed to be very comfortable around people.

Later there was an ongoing discussion and a drawn out process between the Blekinge County Council, who wanted to relocate the elk to Räntemåla Gård, and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), who did not want to get involved.

The elk's well-being started to become a concern. A Facebook page to save the elk had over 4,000 followers, and an agreement was finally reached in early 2011. She was captured and transferred to her new home in February.

BLT reports that Fabiola quickly readjusted to the new living situation together with the other eleven elk who live on the farm.

You can meet Fabiola for the first time on May 8 when Räntemåla Gård opens its doors for the spring.

TT/The Local/gs (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:58 April 30, 2011 by eZee.se
Swedish elk is pregnant... is Assange back in Sweden?
15:28 April 30, 2011 by darky
who impregnated her?
16:05 April 30, 2011 by uunbeliever
I did not realise that Moose and Elk could breed.
16:08 April 30, 2011 by muscle
Ok who is responsible for this???
17:13 April 30, 2011 by Swedesmith
Slow news day.
18:14 April 30, 2011 by dammen
very slow news indeed - what a breakthrough - Elks are pregnant in spring as if mother nature had nothing better to do!
19:45 April 30, 2011 by Njal
Yeah agree with uunbeliever, that`s a moose.
10:28 May 1, 2011 by Pont-y-garreg
In America it's a moose, in Europe it's an elk.

In Swedish it's an "älg".

In either case, it's hardly news.
12:02 May 1, 2011 by uunbeliever
Then what is an elk called in Europe? And can they cross breed with moose?
23:51 May 1, 2011 by Njal
and is the calf an 'eloose' or a 'melk'?
06:35 May 2, 2011 by wenddiver
US got Osama Bin Laden today and he is completely Fu#$@#. We don't take credit for the moose however.
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