An elk, drunk from eating one too many fermenting apples, and desperate for just one more mouthful, lost its balance in the attempt, leaving it stuck in an apple tree in western Sweden. It wasn’t until the fire brigade arrived on the scene and managed to bend the tree to the point where the exhausted elk could slide out of the branches that the animal was finally freed. By the morning the hungover animal had stood up and cautiously moved a few metres away. After a while it went on its way.

Full story at THE LOCAL (Sweden).



  1. MP, Just so you know, we North Americans call the critter in the photo a moose. What we call an elk is like a large version of your red deer.

  2. Elk is the Swedish “name”. I wouldn’t be surprised if “moose” was of native American origin. A landowner is trying to reintroduce them to the wild in Scotland. They went extinct there a long time ago as the original Scottish name for them was “dinner.”

  3. The name “moose” is Native American in origin. Many of the larger species of wildlife went extinct around here about 150 years ago or so because their name was “supper”.

  4. So much for the WCTU pronouncement that humans were the only critters on earth that like to go on a toot, thereby disgracing themselves. Obviously this moose likes to hoist a few and comes off looking pretty much like his human counterparts who have had one little drink to many.

    One of my favorite documentaries many years back was about all of the natural predators on the Serengeti who let bygones be bygones when the baobab fruit becomes over-ripe and ferments. It is a case of the lion and the lamb actually lying down together in drunken stupors and staggering away to sleep it off in the cold light of dawn.