Elk rescued from swimming pool

Jan. 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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LINKOPING, Sweden, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Emergency responders in Sweden freed an adult female elk that plunged into a swimming pool while walking on its cover.

Linkoping municipal wildlife worker Hans Johansson, who was called to the scene to assist and advise the emergency workers, said the elk involved in Tuesday's incident appeared to be about 6-years-old and about 1,322 pounds, The Local.se reported Tuesday.

"The elk must have jumped over the fence looking for fallen fruit," Johansson said.

He said the elk appeared uninjured when workers were able to haul her out of the water.

"She was so scared when she finally got out that she just ran away," Johansson said. "She still had the emergency rope around her neck, but I'm sure it will be fine."

Johansson said the event was a rare occurrence.

"This is not something I see very often," he said. "I once saw a cow fall in a pool, but never an elk."

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