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Elk takes harbour dip as police give chase

TT/The Local · 21 Sep 2010, 06:34

Published: 21 Sep 2010 06:34 GMT+02:00

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"We tried to get it out for several hours," said Ulf Lindgren of the Stockholm police.

The elk was first spotted in the early hours of Monday in the allotments on the south side of densely populated Södermalm.

When police gave chase the wild animal fled and after having evaded capture in the streets of Stockholm, jumped into the cool waters of Lake Hammarby and began swimming towards the residential area of Hammarby Sjöstad.

The elk however became increasingly stressed by the situation and despite managing to climb up on to dry land, promptly hopped back into the water.

The police continued their attempts to encourage the elk to climb back out of the water by its own volition but by 10am efforts had proved fruitless. The decision was then taken to call the Stockholm game warden who killed the animal.

"We couldn't get it out and it became more and more stressed. At first we hoped that it would be able to get out by itself but unfortunately it didn't find a way out," said Ulf Lindgren.

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After having been shot the deceased elk was towed into land.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

07:22 September 21, 2010 by voiceofreason
Don't they have a dart gun, why traumatize the poor creature by racing it through the city.

I am sure they have some dart guns used on dogs.
07:25 September 21, 2010 by wabasha
then he would have drowned anyway.
07:49 September 21, 2010 by flintis
It's Mona in disguise trying to "drown" her sorrows
10:05 September 21, 2010 by Localer
why killed it......gosh
10:53 September 21, 2010 by Keith #5083
I wish they didn't have to kill elks at all, but to be fair they spent many hours trying to rescue it and resolve the situation for the protection of humans as well. An elk running wild in the city is a prescription for accidents and there would soon be uproar in the community of a car avoiding the elk crashed into children, for example.

Still, I wish they didn't have to kill it.
13:09 September 21, 2010 by floridatjej
Elk ??? Looks like a moose to me
14:34 September 21, 2010 by Åskar
Nope, floridatjej, that's an elk, Alces alces, älg, elge, Elch or whatever. Moose is an American misnomer.
15:22 September 21, 2010 by BrittInSweden
@wabasha I think @voiceofreason meant while it was on land going through the streets.
17:26 September 21, 2010 by runatyr
Have funeral service been arranged for the elk? Where can flowers or grass be sent?
17:57 September 21, 2010 by Zill
Åskar, I must disagree with you (and agree with Floridatjej).

An elk is a type of (large) deer, not the same thing as what we call in Swedish an älg. A moose in English is an älg

Don't take my word on it - you can look it up on Lexin.
19:21 September 21, 2010 by Soft Boiled
Is it an elk? Is it a moose? If you're in Sweden, the answer is "BOTH"! The iconic, majestic forest dweller Alces alces is known as a moose in North America (actually the sub-species Alces alces americana) and an elk in Europe. The word elk, like the Swedish word älg (pronounced /elj/), is taken from the Latin alces. To make matters even more confusing, elk in North America is used for an entirely different animal.

The Local has been through this several times already.
19:27 September 21, 2010 by NickM
This is a sad story. I don't blame the Elk though - he probably knows where Sweden is heading after this election.
20:52 September 21, 2010 by idun09
Whatever you call the animal, it can't be disorientated. Try disoriented.
21:00 September 21, 2010 by wxman
Zill is correct.
17:40 September 22, 2010 by ULTRON 5
It's common in North America to call a bison a buffalo although the two are not related. Also the American Robin is not even in the robin family . It is actually a thrush.
22:09 September 22, 2010 by Coalbanks
Then again in North America Swedes are turnips! LOL!
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