Observing Sweden – 19 October 2016

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A Swedish man managed to save himself from an angry elk on Tuesday by thinking fast – and climbing a street light.

The incident occurred in Vendelsö, south of Stockholm. The man was in the vicinity of a supermarket when a startled elk started running towards him.

Despite there being several other people in the vicinity, the elk only had angry eyes for the one specific man it had decided to chase. So the victim took to the skies, via a lamp post.

“I don’t know what the lamp post looks like, but it’s likely a very agile and nimble man we’re talking about,” police spokesperson Albin Näverbeg told news agency TT.

According to witness reports, a motorist eventually came to the rescue by honking his horn, causing the elk to flee in the direction of a nearby forest. Neither the nimble man nor the elk were harmed.

“I came driving past and saw a man sitting on the lamp post while an angry elk stood below and looked at him. It was quite comical. Cars had stopped along the side of the road. I honked my horn to see if I could scare it, but it didn’t react at all,” eye-witness Jonny Karlström told newspaper Aftonbladet.

 

 

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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2 Responses to Observing Sweden – 19 October 2016

  1. GP Cox says:

    That elk had a serious grudge, eh?!!

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