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Drunken elk hides kids' swing set in a tree
The elk in the picture is not the elk mentioned in the article

Drunken elk hides kids' swing set in a tree

Published: 15 Sep 2011 08:36 GMT+02:00
Updated: 15 Sep 2011 08:36 GMT+02:00

An elk drunk from eating fermented apples in southern Sweden ended its binge by making off with a family's swing set and hiding it in the woods.

A homeowner from Storebro in northern Kalmar County arrived home on Wednesday night to find his garden littered with bits of apple and other signs that an elk had been partying in his back yard, the local Östran and Barometern newspapers reported.

The concerned homeowner also discovered that the children's swing set which normally sat in the yard was missing.

The man immediately called police, who contacted a local hunter to track down the inebriated elk who was thought to possibly be injured.

Drunken elk are common in Sweden during the autumn season when fermenting apples are plentiful, both on the ground and hanging from the branches of trees which many Swedes have in their yards.

While police and the hunter failed to meet up with the prank-playing elk, they did eventually find the family's swing set, propped up in a tree deep in the woods about 500 metres from their home.

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09:02 September 15, 2011 by Keith #5083
some swingin' party
10:30 September 15, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
Whassa matta?

Can't the 'average elk' watch all this human activity - like getting drunk or playing on a swing, without wanting to do it himself?
11:53 September 15, 2011 by Intrigued Swede
Who's to say there was actually an elk involved at all?
12:03 September 15, 2011 by Roy E
He's just having some fun and breaking the monotony of chewing on birch twigs all day. No biggie.
13:31 September 15, 2011 by sergisr
I think there should be a non-governmental organization aimed to help the alcoholic elks of Sweden. They are becoming a social problem of first magnitude. :-)
13:41 September 15, 2011 by stoogefest
elks getting drunk in SE lately much?
13:52 September 15, 2011 by Keith #5083

Nice one :-) hmmm, but since humans don't seem to take much notice of alcohol related problems, what makes you think that Elg would? Ah, I see, that's the meaning

of a tax-payer funded NGO with no need to show any results. Now that seems familiar....?
15:41 September 15, 2011 by karex

Both the article and the comment... :)
15:51 September 15, 2011 by Svensksmith
Where can I get me some fermented apples?
23:18 September 15, 2011 by ammochief
Hello, anyone out there. That's not an elk, it is a MOOSE. Elk do not have the squared shoved like mule, moose do. On the male of the species moose have palmated antlers, elk antlers, like deer antlers are branch like and pointed.
05:38 September 16, 2011 by Da Goat
This is quite normal for the human population ...... to get drunk and then want to swing in the woods .... and then go home ashamed when they sober up again!

if it good for the people then who is to judge the algs! LOL great story.
08:00 September 16, 2011 by WildRaven
The translater needs to get some lessons in English...This article is about a MOOSE. An Elk is the American Wapiti (Cree Native American name=Waapiti) and the biggest deer animal "Over there" after the moose.
15:36 September 16, 2011 by missfriendly
Is this the same elk that got tangled in the tree last week?
16:03 September 16, 2011 by Howlonguntilfreespeechisbanned
I hope the elk was arrested and publicly flogged before being thrown into jail. We can't have elks setting a bad example for 'the children', can we?
18:24 September 16, 2011 by james_g
Oh for christ's sake can't these ignorant Americans (or wannabe Americans) ever learn? It's an ÄLG på svenska and an ELK in ENGLISH!!!!!!
21:42 September 16, 2011 by dizzymoe33
I'll have what the Moose/Elk is having?!!!!Ha,hahahaha
09:44 September 18, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
This has to be the craziest animal in our wilds. Incidentally, I lived in Alaska and KNOW what a 'moose' is, the creature in this headline is NOT a moose.
13:31 September 19, 2011 by eppie
Americans and canadians please stop posting this Elk/moose posts every time the local writes and article ablout these animals (and they do that a lot).

In Sweden these animals are called Älg or Elk.....and they were already called that before the americas were discovered and you had time to name them Moose.
15:01 September 19, 2011 by tadchem
What a waste of good fermented apples! The homeowner should have harvested them, 'ripened' them in the dark, and canned them.
09:02 September 23, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
Well, he's a real "swinger?" Or is it a "swing-setting" female?
10:46 September 28, 2011 by shoebutton
Thanks for the LOLZ
10:23 November 1, 2011 by Unconditional1
"Hey Rocky, 'Watch me pull a swing set out of Boris's yard.'" "Ahhh, That trick never works!" "This time for sure..."
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