Moose stealing laundry racks

Dec. 20, 2004 at 3:49 PM
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GJOVIK, Norway, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Naughty moose in Norway have reportedly been tangling with laundry racks and, in some cases, even stealing them.

The most recent incident involved a moose leaving clothing and clothespins behind, but taking the laundry rack from a private yard in Gjovik, Aftenposten reported Monday.

In another case, a male moose -- only males have racks of antlers -- was spotted with a laundry rack entangled in its antlers. His carcass was later was found in the woods, with the laundry rack still attached.

Wildlife experts believe the so-called "King of the Forest" confuse laundry racks with moose racks, or perhaps the drying clothing attracts them and they become tangled in the laundry racks.

In addition, apples left on the ground in the fall ferment and can intoxicate animals that eat them, perhaps contributing to the moose having a hard time identifying moose racks from laundry racks.

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