Drunk Mooses Wreaking Havoc in Sweden

Photo of a drunk moose hanging from an apple tree

Move over bears, there’s a new animal threat in town: Inebriated mooses (meese? moose?).

An inebriated moose trying to get more fermenting apples apparently lost its balance and ended up stuck in an apple tree in Sweden, The Local website reported.

After returning home from work Tuesday evening, Per Johansson of Saro heard bellowing from his neighbor’s yard, The Local reported.

“I thought at first that someone was having a laugh. Then I went over to take a look and spotted a moose stuck in an apple tree with only one leg left on the ground,” Johansson told The Local.

Hate it when that happens.

Drunken moose are common in Sweden in autumn, when apples are abundant on the ground and in trees in homeowners’ yards, according to The Local.

Johansson surmised the moose had been indulging for quite a while.

“My neighbor recognized it as the animal that almost ran into her car earlier in the day,” Johansson told The Local. “She was pretty sure the moose was already under the influence.”

As far as drunken hijinks go, though, getting stuck in a tree is amateur hour. If that moose was doing naked leg-lifts at a bus stop, maybe I’d be impressed.

21 comments for “Drunk Mooses Wreaking Havoc in Sweden

  1. RedRightAnkle
    September 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    We have plum trees in the backyard and when they’re fruiting if we don’t regularly rake up the dropped fruit, they ferment and we get overrun with drunk bees. It’s kind of hilarious, they get drowsy and they can’t fly straight and they all bump into each other.

    Animals, they like booze just as much as we do!

  2. stonebiscuit
    September 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    After some of my drunken escapades, I feel a strong sense of kinship with this moose, to whom I am clearly related.

  3. AAE
    September 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretti nasti.

  4. Florence
    September 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Brings to mind all kinds of Animal House jokes. THAT I AM TOO DIGNIFIED TO MAKE.

  5. Clare
    September 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Me and the boyfriend were already weighing the merits of finding some way to move to Sweden. This may have decided us. Drunken moose!

  6. wondering
    September 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Since clarity was requested:

    One moose, two moose, three moose
    One deer, two deer, oh dear there goes my garden

  7. Annaleigh
    September 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    No wai! Drunken moose is a thing? Awesome.

    And this post reminds me of the jokes I’ve heard about the plural of moose (which is actually still “moose” believe it or not, tempting to say meese though).

  8. McSnarkster
    September 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    The moose was drunk enough to get stuck in a tree, but still wanted more? Sounds like somebody needs the cervine chapter of AA!

  9. FashionablyEvil
    September 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Florence, you can’t just say something like that and then expect people not to ask what your jokes are. Also, I find it funny that you think the comments section of Feministe is “dignified.”

  10. September 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Oh God.

  11. JetGirl
    September 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I was reading this story in the Swedish papers, and apparently drunk moose can get pretty aggressive. Luckily, this cow was a friendly drunk, probably because she didn’t have a calf with her. And she returned for seconds the next day!

  12. Florence
    September 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretti nasti.


  13. Kate
    September 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Moose is both singular and plural (like deer). I’ve heard friends tongue-in-cheek call them meese. My mother likes to talk mom moose a “moosess” :)

  14. Kate
    September 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    -_- *”My mother likes to call a mom moose a “moosrs” (like a mrs. moose).
    My apology for the grammar mix-up.

  15. September 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretti nasti.

    We apologise again for the fault in the post. Those
    responsible for banning the trolls who have just been banned have been banned.

  16. ataralas
    September 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    You know who else had a drunken moose?

    Tycho Brahe.

    (Sadly, Brahe’s moose died after its drunken escapade, by falling down some stairs.)

  17. evil fizz
    September 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    You know who else had a drunken moose?

    Tycho Brahe.

    (Sadly, Brahe’s moose died after its drunken escapade, by falling down some stairs.)

    I, uh, wow. I don’t even know what to say. Historical precedent for drunk ruminants.

    I should go to bed now. Clearly, things can only go downhill from here.

  18. Rachel
    September 12, 2011 at 9:39 am

    AAE: Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretti nasti.

    I was really hoping someone would say this!

  19. Kathryn Hyde
    September 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    The headline on the UK Guardian website was “Stuck Moose: Cut Loose”

  20. Roving Thundercloud
    September 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    It’s true for other animals too. Pigs like beer and will eat fermented apples. When my great-grandmother was a little girl, in an effort to be thrifty, she once let the pigs into the apple orchard so the rotting apples wouldn’t go to waste. They wound up invading the house, particularly the kitchen…

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