Badger puts Stockholm hotel in lockdown

A luxury hotel in central Stockholm came under siege early on Friday by an ill-tempered badger that refused to allow any guests in or out, forcing police to intervene.

Badger puts Stockholm hotel in lockdown
Another day, another badger. This one was spotted on the prowl in Solna in 2009. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

"A crazy or stressed-out badger is preventing the staff and clients at a major hotel from leaving their cars, and from picking up their bags," the Stockholm police website said.

The Radisson Blu badger crisis began at around 5am and lasted some 40 minutes, when the police decided to take action.

"The stressed animal was refusing to leave the place. So the police called in the local wildlife services to settle the problem," the police statement said.

It remains unclear why the badger was angry.

The animal managed to get away before the wildlife services arrived. 

"The badger had taken its own decision to leave the scene," said police at 9am. 

The leafy Swedish capital has many forests, lakes and canals that are home to many species of wildlife including elks and hare.

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