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Swede shocked by backyard elk 'threesome'

David Landes · 27 Oct 2011, 12:35

Published: 27 Oct 2011 12:35 GMT+02:00

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“I had just gone out on the balcony to get some fresh air,” Peter Lundgren, a 43-year-old marketing manager from Lindome, south of Gothenburg, told The Local.

“They were eating apples and then suddenly they assumed the position.”

Lundgren quickly grabbed his camera to document the young male elk mounting an older female elk which in turn appeared to be sniffing or licking the rear end of another young male elk.

He explained that elk are a common sight in his neighbourhood, as the large beasts frequently roam from nearby wooded areas through people's yards.

While he's used to seeing elk get tipsy from eating fermented apples, Lundgren said he was wholly unprepared to have a front row seat at an elk sex show taking place in his backyard.

“I'd never seen anything like it. Not with elk, at least,” he said.

Pär Grängstedt, a researcher at the Grimsö research station in central Sweden, confirmed that it's “extremely rare” to see elk exhibit mating behaviour in a residential area.

“As elk live in the woods, they usually mate in the woods,” he said.

The attempted elk intercourse witnessed by Lundgren is all the more unusual, according to Grängstedt, because the elk mating season ended in early October.

He added, however, that it's not unusual for elk to have sex while others look on.

“Usually there are several males in the area competing to be with the in-heat female. The strongest one usually wins, and the others are left to watch,” he said.

“It's quite normal behaviour.”

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While Lundgren explained that it didn't appear the frisky young male elk was able to fully consummate his mating attempt with the older female, Grängstedt said there can be little doubt about his intentions.

“Elk don't mount one another just for the heck of it like some other animals,” he said.

Grängstedt theorized that the young male may have been rebuffed due to a lack of experience, choosing both the wrong time and place to fulfill his lustful desires.

“An older bull would never try to mount a cow in a wide-open residential backyard at this time of year,” he said.

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Your comments about this article

13:02 October 27, 2011 by eppie
O what won't those silly elks not do!!

One thing is for sure; the local.se would be a pretty boring place without the shenenigans of these mammals.
13:28 October 27, 2011 by JerseyTjej
Too bad the quote "only the news that fits" is taken.
13:32 October 27, 2011 by StockholmSam
""Elk don't mount one another just for the heck of it like some other animals," he said." I wonder if he was referring to Swedish teenagers here?

"He added, however, that it's not unusual for elk to have sex while others look on." For God's sake, someone please call the church right away! We cannot have this kind of debauchery going on in our forests! Think of the children!
14:02 October 27, 2011 by zooeden
You see, its a natural thing!!!
15:37 October 27, 2011 by Svensksmith
Why should elk have all the fun? Everyone, to the backyard! Time to get acquainted with the neighbors.
15:41 October 27, 2011 by muscle
oh man,.. as i said last week :) you don't need any entertainment show in sweden :D the news are the entertainment lol!
16:34 October 27, 2011 by gabeltoon
Comments #5 ,#6 I can't stop laughing. The whole thing with ELK over the past months just cracks me up. Certainly the best entertainment in a long time.
16:38 October 27, 2011 by Bigd
I love this commet by the voyeur....

""I'd never seen anything like it. Not with elk, at least," he said"

So he'd obviosuly seen a threesome somewhere else then?

Is he the maybe the local neighbourhood 'watch' lol
16:55 October 27, 2011 by jvtx3232
Should they really be publishing an article that talks openly about "group sex" and "threesomes," even if it is only animals? What if there are children reading this news forum? Young children shouldn't find out about subjects like this.
17:18 October 27, 2011 by Deadmole
Let's see if I've got this straight:

All animals were created by God, including elk

Animals have no souls and no free will, so cannot sin

Elk engage in group sex

Therefore, group sex is not a sin.

Sounds like a plan
18:11 October 27, 2011 by Gabin
any french condoms.-.
20:13 October 27, 2011 by GLO
I love this story, HAHAHA.......
20:13 October 27, 2011 by axiom
waay koool ! ! !
20:23 October 27, 2011 by Just_Kidding
Is the "in-heat female" thelocal's term for "hot female"?
20:28 October 27, 2011 by Marc the Texan
I'm sure this happens all the time, but this particular image looks photoshopped to me.
20:31 October 27, 2011 by dizzymoe33
Ah...thank you so much for the laugh...you have made my day with these Elk stories. Hi,hi,hi
23:20 October 27, 2011 by ghaziusman
the ate apples, got drunk and have some fun,, big deal??
23:39 October 27, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
I agree with post #15, that was my first impression...they look too grey and smooth...any one else agree?
23:47 October 27, 2011 by Da Goat
This is perfectly normal behaviour it has nothing to do with SEX and everything to do with play and learning there is absolutely nothing in this story it is just a family of alg playing around and doing their normal things!

the whole article is complete rubbish basically!

the mother alg is cleaning her calf and her other calf is taking this opportunity to get a little play/practice in, he is much to small to be of any use, he is just a child playing with his mother !
00:16 October 28, 2011 by muscle
perhaps these animals learned from what they saw. Lundgren should keep the curtains closed :). lol
00:54 October 28, 2011 by AbbaLeo
Is this a Christmas Joke ?
01:02 October 28, 2011 by Bushyblondehead
Ah why would he take this picture and then show it to everyone, creepy.
01:54 October 28, 2011 by CaliforniaDreaming

Have you seen your neighbors? I've seen mine and their not that pretty.
07:45 October 28, 2011 by kenfe
The Local should award some of its smart readers for their funny and witty comments. it is the comments that are more enticing than the news it self.Write on funny guys.you are awesome!
09:46 October 28, 2011 by HYBRED
Man! Those moose sure know how to party.
09:49 October 28, 2011 by salalah
"I'd never seen anything like it. Not with elk, at least," he said.

Nice that he admits his vices....
12:48 October 28, 2011 by Liquidmonkey
they probably got drunk off the fermenting apples and then had a go of it!

not much different than human parties really.
14:39 October 28, 2011 by Swandese
"you and me baby ain't nothing but mammals so let's do it like they do on the discovery channel" :)
18:16 October 28, 2011 by eovti
The one on the right looks like a calf. THAT CAN'T BE LEGAL :-O

20:38 October 28, 2011 by nicmart
Honestly, in the States this is the way we have long assumed things are in Sweden. I look forward to the movie, "I Am Curious (Elk)."
03:27 October 29, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
Glad he grabbed his camera rather than his hunting rifle.
15:49 October 29, 2011 by Philscbx
His wife came home later asking why he was out in the yard

in his Elk costume again.
19:21 October 29, 2011 by spy
I am surprised he didn't join in - bestiality is a national past time in Sweden.
15:20 October 30, 2011 by nolikegohome
Thanks for the laugh.

Comming soon new förening SSEE

(Safe Sex Education for Elks)
20:54 October 30, 2011 by Ivan Juric
Ha Ha....I'm surprised that the Svenska polis have not arrested the male elk for his behaviour.
22:47 October 30, 2011 by Welsh Pudding
I'm on my 53rd apple , hoping to get lucky ....... ( whats good for the moose....)
23:20 October 30, 2011 by wxman
This elk "cougar" has nothing on an Ohio school teacher who was recently convicted for doing this to 5 of her students at the same time!
10:10 November 1, 2011 by Unconditional1
Menage elk trois! Maybe Sweden should start exporting those apples. The rest of the world could use some...
13:39 November 1, 2011 by philster61
Reminds me of when Swedish women used to be into "threesomes" way back in the 90s... Before their current adventure into extreme feminism......
10:17 November 5, 2011 by Whynot8
The Swedish älg is the animal called a moose in North America and an elk in Britain (where none exist). The Local is written in American English, not British English, so call it a moose.
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