Bodyguard required after felling of ‘TV oak’

The felling of a beloved oak has stirred up strong feelings. So strong, in some cases, that several of the employees who made the final call on the oak's future have received severe threats.

Bodyguard required after felling of 'TV oak'

Stockholm’s hotly debated “TV oak” was finally felled last week, after weeks of tree huggers camping out and demonstrating by the 500 year-old oak which once stood proudly just outside national TV station SVT’s main offices.

According to a SVT’s regional news programme ABC, one employee at the city’s traffic department is now under bodyguard protection, and several more staffers have been equipped with panic alarms.

“We’ve received some threats, that we’ve reported to the police and handed over to the security department,” confirmed Mats Freij, press officer at the traffic department, to newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN).

He was unwilling to comment further on the threats.

Meanwhile, remains of the felled “TV oak” have found a new home – with the baboons at outdoor museum and zoo Skansen in Stockholm.

“They’ve received it with great joy. They sit on it, jump around and gnaw. The bark is fresh and nice. The baboons have received it as a Christmas present,” said Jonas Wahlström, head of the Skansen aquarium, to newspaper Metro.

Most of the oak was buried on the island of Djurgården, but the largest branches ended up at the baboon rock at Skansen.

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