From the You Cannot Make This Stuff Up Department-Apparently Inebriated Moose found in Swedish tree

A seemingly intoxicated moose has been discovered entangled in an apple tree by a stunned Swede.

Per Johansson, 45, says he heard a roar from his vacationing neighbour’s garden in southwestern Sweden late Tuesday and went to have a look. There, he found a female moose kicking about in the tree. The animal was likely drunk from eating fermented apples.

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15 comments on “From the You Cannot Make This Stuff Up Department-Apparently Inebriated Moose found in Swedish tree

  1. flaanglican says:

    Are we sure it’s the moose and not Mr. Johansson that’s intoxicated? With a story like that. . .

  2. Cennydd13 says:

    Well, if horse can get snockered on fermented apples, why not moose, too?

  3. Cennydd13 says:

    I meant to s “a horse.”

  4. Cennydd13 says:

    Better quit while I’m ahead.

  5. Palatino says:

    A good reminder that it’s time to pick up some Hard Cider.

  6. Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) says:

    There once was a sorry old moose,
    Especially fond of the “juice”
    Got stuck in a tree
    And couldn’t get free
    ‘Til some friends from AA pried her loose.

  7. TACit says:

    Having just read this on BBC before seeing it here, and being most amused, I am only curious now about whether it was an elk as the Brits reported :
    or really a moose, which the Canadians at CBC no doubt would be able to recognize? I can’t decide from the photo but surely someone on the ground could have.

  8. NoVA Scout says:

    Having found a moose in a tree, how does one go about extricating it? I think that would take some brow-furrowing. I showed the picture to one of my dogs, a youth of boundless energy who persists in believing that he can, if he applies himself, climb trees in pursuit of squirrels. Perhaps it’s a matter of diet.

  9. Hakkatan says:

    TACit, the article says near the end: “It is not unusual to see elk, or moose as they are known in North America, drunk in Sweden during autumn, when there are plenty of apples about.” Same species, different names, depending on the continent.

  10. TACit says:

    Oh! So it does – thanks, I didn’t see that, probably not imagining Swedes (or Brits?) would call a moose an elk when North Americans recognize them as two completely distinct animals. Now I’m more puzzled why they do so, though I don’t expect Hakkatan to answer the question…..

  11. Hakkatan says:

    Both American Moose and Eurasian Elk are members of Alces alces, although this species does have some regional subspecies. What North Americans call elk are members of Cervus canadiensus and are often now referred to as wapiti. Wapiti are also found in eastern Asia. (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

  12. Cennydd13 says:

    And here in the San Joaquin Valley of California, and more specifically, Los Banos National Wildlife Refuge, we have the subspecies called Tule Elk, which once were abundant but are now rare. There are about 500 left, and as the herd increases, they are being gradually released in other areas of the state. They are identical in appearance, except that a bull averages about 450 pounds on the hoof. The cows are slightly smaller. They are beautiful animals.

  13. tired says:

    A Møøse once bit my sister… No realli!

    I suppose this explains it.


  14. Cennydd13 says:

    Never…..ever……argue with a bull moose in rut! They are huge animals, and are extremely dangerous. Never approach one!

  15. Rich Gabrielson says:

    Never heard of a Swedish apple tree – I suspect it was a Swedish moose that got caught in an ordinary apple tree. (I’m Norwegian despite the mangling of the family name at Ellis Island :p )