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Suspected sheep slaughter in pizzeria

Authorities in central Sweden have shuttered a pizzeria after a witness reported seeing four live sheep being led into the establishment’s basement. Police suspect one of the animals may have been slaughtered.

Suspected sheep slaughter in pizzeria

Police were tipped off on Sunday that live sheep had been seen entering a pizzeria in Tidaholm in central Sweden.

When police arrived 90 minutes later to search the premises, they found three live male sheep in the basement, as well as the remains of a fourth which they believe had been slaughtered.

“There were three six-month-old sheep right in the middle of a room filled with fresh food like vegetables and other goods,” said Tidaholm food inspector Britt Svensson to the local Skaraborgs Allehanda newspaper.

Police took pictures of blood and animal remains, evidence which has strengthened suspicions that a slaughtering took place in basement of the pizzeria.

But one of the owners continues to deny any slaughter took place.

“The owner said that they intended to slaughter the sheep somewhere else and that they had been brought down to the basement because he felt bad about leaving them waiting in the vehicle. But that doesn’t matter. You can’t keep sheep in areas with food in this way,” Svensson told TV4.

The three living sheep have been taken back to their breeder.

“My wife is terribly upset because of all of this. She’s done everything right; she sold the animals living, as it were. You sell live sheep to someone else so they can grow up or be slaughtered later when it’s time,” the breeder told the TT news agency.

OFFBEAT

Swede’s surprise fika thief: this very cheeky little fox

You know when you're enjoying a fika at your Swedish summer house and then suddenly a fox walks up to you and rudely finishes all your coffee?

Swede's surprise fika thief: this very cheeky little fox
The Swedish fika fox. Photo: Viktor Risling

That's what happened to Viktor Risling in Grötlingbo on the island of Gotland.

“At first I thought there was something yellow walking towards me. I looked up and saw it was a fox. It came very close. I put my hand towards it and it smelled my hand. After that it smelled my coffee,” he told The Local on Tuesday.

“Then it drank the coffee right beside me. It was very nice to be so close to nature.”

Risling snapped a series of pictures of his unexpected fika companion and posted them on social media. They quickly went viral after the Dagens Nyheter newspaper first picked up the strange story.

But the guest's table manners left something to be desired when he knocked the cup over to drink.

“The fox enjoyed the coffee a lot. It's a wild animal so it can't behave properly. But it will learn, we are working on it,” laughed Risling.

The daring animal missed out on the standard Swedish cinnamon roll with his coffee, but Risling revealed that he did still get a special treat.

“It came back today, and I gave it some turkey. It enjoyed it. I got a friend now.”

Interview by The Local's intern Saina Behnejad.