A drunken moose is seen stuck in an apple tree in Gothenburg, Sweden
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A moose is seen stuck in an apple tree in Gothenburg, Sweden. The police believe the moose was trying to eat apples from the tree and became intoxicated by fermented apples.
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updated 9/7/2011 5:52:19 PM ET 2011-09-07T21:52:19

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.

Johansson called the police, he told The Local, but while waiting for a response, he and neighbors began to saw off limbs to try to help the entangled, thrashing moose.

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Responding firefighters managed to bend the tree down far enough for the animal to slide off the branches, The Local reported.

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."

The freed animal lay on the ground seemingly unconscious, The Local reported, before finally staggering to its hooves and eventually wandering off. “We often see moose stuffing their faces with apples around here,” Johansson told The Local. “But this is the first time we found one perched in a tree.”

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