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Nighttime skier crashes into promenading elk

TT/The Local · 18 Mar 2010, 08:35

Published: 18 Mar 2010 08:35 GMT+01:00

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Conny Jacobsson elected to follow a ten kilometre trail for his Tuesday skiing excursion. The trail was not lit and so Jacobsson equipped himself with a headlamp and set off into the woods on Billingen Hill.

As the skier approached the final stretch of his trail he caught sight of a large elk on the path right in front of him. The thought flashed through his mind that he should probably change track, but lacking the time to react he crashed straight into the majestic beast.

"Straight into the side, with my skis continuing under the elk. I ended up lying flat on my back on the ski tracks," Conny Jacobsson told Sveriges Radio Skaraborg.

The elk in turn was surprised at the impromptu interruption to its evening routines.

"I saw the elk's hooves which hopped delicately over me. He ran off with a glance back at me lying there," the skier said.

But the "king of woods" stopped a couple of metres away and refused to move any further, blocking Jacobsson's path. The skier tried to scare away the animal but was in the end forced to re-route, the elk all the time maintaining its curious glare.

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"I got a real shift on later," Jacobsson admitted.

Conny Jacobsson said that in the future he would consider selecting one of the floodlit trails.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:29 March 18, 2010 by Marley420
what a way to land a elk...
13:11 March 18, 2010 by farnoxo
Oh deer! I guess it behoves one to stick to well lit trails to avoid any moose on the loose.
13:59 March 18, 2010 by karex
What are the odds...??? At least neither seemed to get hurt and he'll have something really interesting to tell his grandchildren!
16:22 March 18, 2010 by Greg in Canada
A friend of mine almost hit a moose when cycling. A woman was competing in a triathlon and collided with a black bear on her bicycle. She got up and finished the race and the bear ran into the forest. This sort of thing actually does happen occassionally.
17:34 March 18, 2010 by sissygirl
I'm glad neither he nor the elk were hurt, especially since I can't stop snickering. I think I would have needed a change of underwear.
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