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Swedish elk ‘too small’: disgruntled Danes

Caroline Bursell · 19 Aug 2011, 17:00

Published: 19 Aug 2011 17:00 GMT+02:00

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The elk were "too small" was the simple sentiment of the disappointed Danes.

The family sent a complaint by email to the municipality’s tourist office and received most of their money back, much to the resentment of park owner Lars-Göran Toresson.

“I’m not happy that I was not included in the exchange, if anyone was to compensate the tourists it should have been me for not having informed them properly, but it should not have come to that,” Toresson told The Local.

The bull elk and the park’s main attraction, Elliot, died last year in a tragic accident and Toresson bought a new bull, Elliot 2, which is on the path to eminence but has not yet fully grown.

Tingsryd’s tourist agency subsequently paid the family 200 of the 290 kronor ($30 of $45) they had spent at the park, as compensation for his perceived substandard visit.

“We have given him some money back as a goodwill gesture. It is always sad when a guest is not satisfied with their experience,” Karin Nilsson, tourism coordinator at Tingsryd told The Local.

However, Nilsson does not agree that the tourist office gave the family incorrect information.

Although the family was disappointed by the information offered in the tourist brochure, which was supplied by the office, it was never guaranteed exactly what animals were housed in the park, she said.

“We told him that it was unfortunate if the concept of ‘king of the forest’ as stated on our website had given him the wrong expectations for the visit. 'King of the forest' is an expression used to describe elk in general and a male animal in particular,“ said Nilsson.

“The fact that we have a young 'king' is in fact a tragedy, as the old 'king' died in an accident. That we currently only have two smaller animals wasn’t planned. These things happen,” Toresson said to The Local.

Toresson has not printed new brochures nor updated the website with information that the animals are not fully grown, though he told The Local that he always tries his best to inform all visitors of what to expect.

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“Ninety-nine percent of visitors are notified about exactly what is in the park. But at times there are caravans to be parked properly and queues to get to, so someone entering might be lost in the shuffle and go through the park without being informed,” he said.

Next year Toresson plans on purchasing an additional elk, and meanwhile hopes that the resident female gives birth to a calf, he said.

“What I can also do to prevent this happening again in the future is make sure everyone has the right expectations going in; my aim will be to not allow one single person to enter the park without being properly informed,” he explained to The Local.

Caroline Bursell (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:48 August 19, 2011 by Svensksmith
I want a refund from my trip to Copenhagen. The mermaid statue was too small.
18:19 August 19, 2011 by andyron2
lol.. crying pups......oh yeah,even the baps of the mermaid are small.
19:28 August 19, 2011 by Smokebox
Go home and don't come back.
19:58 August 19, 2011 by rybo1
Well, as we all know, there's something rotten in Denmark. My son recently commented that the Danes are the rubbish of Scandinavia.
19:59 August 19, 2011 by Rick Methven
I was in Copenhagen 2 weeks ago and the canals where small and the bridges boring. I want my money back
21:55 August 19, 2011 by ooh456
it's a moose for the love of Jesus. I don't care what English people call it or what the Latin name is. They drive on the wrong side of the road, and they don't have elk or moose on their tiny island nation so what the Hell would they know about it.
22:50 August 19, 2011 by mollis
I demand Reinfeldt calls an emergency meeting of Riksdagen and sorts this national disgrace out immediately.
01:55 August 20, 2011 by muscle
@Svensksmith: hahahahaha... man you reminded me of my girl friend and her friend when they were there to see the statue.. it was raining. My girl friend and her friend are chinese. Without any umbrellas they tried to search for the statue but it was not to be found. Finally they asked a policeman or someone about the statue... and they told they the statue has been sent to china for some display :D:D:D...

AND the guy happened to have a picture of the statue. And when my girl friend saw the photo they felt like cursing the people who made it famous :)

Oh by the way, you should see the peeing guy in belgium!
03:20 August 20, 2011 by meggio
wow and i thought americans complain.. what crybabies-- Meg from Florida
07:18 August 20, 2011 by HYBRED
I think the tourist agency went above and beyond by refunding they're money. I was at a strip club in Helsingor once. The girls had very small boobs and I didn't get any refund.
07:42 August 20, 2011 by senlac

They were Danes you idiot - not Brits..
10:50 August 20, 2011 by forsdavg
The Northern part of Britain (Scotland) thinks a 'moose' is very small, like you find hiding on SAS aircraft
10:53 August 20, 2011 by EP
Wish Sweden had proper strip clubs. The Danes know what they're doing ...
14:46 August 20, 2011 by sendia
@ svensk smith

the mermaid statue is actually fake,, so you can claim refund.
21:07 August 20, 2011 by Tanskalainen
It isn't just the moose/elg that are small, have you seen a Swede with his pants down?
23:58 August 20, 2011 by ReluctantSwede
The idiot are the Swedes at the tourist information who paid the refound....it just shows how lame Swedes are....nobody should have had a refound for a silly complaint like that, but as Swedes in general are wuzzies they couldn't just say no....I'm happy I have left Sweden, fewer wussies here in the UK!
15:11 August 23, 2011 by gabeltoon
I went on holiday to HOOR for a camping weekend especially to see ELK but did not see any. Any chance of me getting my money back. What a piece of nonsense.The tourists should be thankfull they saw an ELK in any case.
19:26 August 24, 2011 by KPTheDane
The funny thing is fairly few ppl know that the little mermaid in cph is a showcase (the one sent to china) original one being kept away safe.
12:32 August 26, 2011 by stenhuggaren
In America it's a moose, in Europe it's an elk.

In Swedish it's an "älg".
14:20 September 2, 2011 by orangetree
I m curious about bull elk Elliots tragic death...
09:33 September 13, 2011 by Scandastic
The Danes may think that, but conveniently forget that the Swedish elk more than compensate for that with technique, if the statements for size are even true or in any way documented. It's the motion of the moose that gets things loose, after all. Also, perhaps, the disgruntled Danes need to be reminded of the size of their country, not to mention other things...
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